Driver hits state trooper's vehicle stopped along I-94

Daily Herald report
Updated 2/13/2019 6:42 PM

An Illinois State Police trooper was injured Tuesday when a driver struck his vehicle.

The trooper was stopped on the left shoulder of the northbound lanes of Interstate 94 near Touhy Avenue in Lincolnwood to help another motorist when the driver struck the rear of the patrol vehicle, authorities said.

According to police, the trooper's emergency lights were activated at the time of the crash.

The trooper was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening. He was later released from the hospital.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured, authorities said. The driver was issued citations for improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and violation of Scott's Law, otherwise known as the "Move Over" law.

The law requires vehicles to slow down and move over and change lanes if possible when approaching an emergency vehicle.

State Trooper Christopher Lambert of Highland Park was struck and killed by a vehicle Jan. 12 after he stopped to assist people involved in a three-car crash on I-294 near Willow Road in Northbrook. A Wisconsin man has been charged with reckless homicide of a police officer and violating Scott's Law.

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