Trooper on stop hurt in crash


STERLING – On Feb. 18, at about 6:43 p.m. Illinois State Police (ISP) officials investigated a five-car personal injury traffic crash involving a District 1 ISP Trooper.

A Trooper was inside his squad car conducting a traffic stop on the right shoulder of I-39 northbound at milepost 108 in Ogle County, with his emergency lights activated. While he was stopped on the right shoulder, his squad car was sideswiped by a truck tractor semi-trailer traveling in the right lane. Preliminary reports indicate the truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling in the right lane and attempted to move into the left lane, which was occupied by another commercial motor vehicle. At this time, the truck tractor semi-trailer struck the commercial motor vehicle traveling in the left lane, before taking evasive and veering back into the right lane. When the truck tractor semi-trailer veered back into the right lane, the trailer swerved onto the right shoulder and side swiped the driver side of the Trooper’s squad car, causing extensive damage.

The driver side of the passenger vehicle the Trooper had pulled over was also side swiped. A fifth vehicle sustained damage from debris in the roadway caused by the crash, but was not directly involved.

Assisting Illinois State Police at the scene was Illinois Department of Transportation, Lynn-Scott-Rock Fire Department, Ogle County Sheriff’s Office, and Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

The Trooper sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local area hospital for treatment; the Trooper has since been released. No other injuries were reported. The driver of the truck tractor semi-trailer, who was identified as Adam Toure, 58, Chicago, was issued citations for violation of Scott’s Law and Improper Lane Usage.

The ISP reminds the public of 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 move over and change lanes if possible. This year alone, the ISP has had nine Troopers struck, one fatally, while handling on-duty incidents.

“We would like to ask the public to please remain aware of their surroundings while driving. If you see an emergency vehicle with their lights activated, you must first slow down, and proceed to move over, if it is safe to do so,” stated District 1 Commander, Captain Matthew Hodgdon. “Our Troopers risk their lives daily to protect the members of our communities. We ask the public to please obey all traffic laws, including Scott’s Law, to help safeguard the lives of our Troopers, and all members of the public.”