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2nd state trooper injured while responding to car crash: cops

A second state trooper was injured in a car crash in the last two days, this time on Interstate 80 in the Lockport area.

About 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, a trooper with Illinois State Police District 5 responded to a crash on I-80 where it crosses over Interstate 55, according to the state police.

The trooper was inside a stationary squad car and positioned behind the crash scene in the right lane with his emergency lights activated, police said.

The driver of a Chevrolet was traveling east on I-80 and approaching the trooper’s vehicle, police said.

The driver “lost control of the vehicle, causing the Chevrolet to spin” and the rear end of the Chevrolet “crashed into the rear end of the squad car,” police said.

“The trooper sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local … hospital for treatment. The trooper has since been released,” police said.

Michael Ryan, 43, of Joliet, who did not suffer any injuries in the crash, was identified as the the driver of the Chevrolet, police said.

Ryan was cited for violating Scott’s Law, driving too fast for conditions and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, police said.

On Monday, a trooper was seriously injured when Angel Casillas, 20, of Joliet, rear-ended his squad car while it was parked at the scene of a wreck on Interstate 55, police said.

“The ISP would like to urge the public to obey the requirements of Scott’s Law, otherwise known as the ‘Move Over’ law. When approaching an emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with their hazard lights activated, drivers are required to slow down and change lanes when it is safe to do so,” police said.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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