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Illinois State Police investigating a second Scott’s Law related crash in District 5 within 24 hours causing injury to another Trooper

LOCKPORT  – An Illinois State Police District 5 Trooper is injured after a vehicle crashed into the trooper’s squad car while assisting another motor vehicle crash on Tuesday. According to Illinois State Police Officials, just after 8 a.m, a District 5 Trooper was on Interstate 80 over Interstate 55 at the scene of a motor vehicle crash when the driver of a Gold Chevrolet, traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 lost control of the vehicle and allegedly crashed into the rear end of the squad car. The Trooper was reportedly inside of the stationary squad car when struck and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The Trooper was transported to a local area hospital for treatment and has since been released. The driver of the Chevrolet,  43-year-old Micheal J. Ryan, did not sustain any injuries.  Ryan was cited for a violation of Scott’s Law, Driving Too Fast for Conditions/Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident, and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.

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.  A person who violates Scott’s Law, commits a business offense and faces a fine of no less than $250 or more than $10,000 for a first offense. If the violation results in injury to another person, the violator’s driver’s license will be suspended for a mandatory period of anywhere between six months and two years.

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