An I-55 traffic accident occurred Wednesday, September 16, 2020. This multi-vehicle crash seriously injured an Illinois State Police trooper. Those injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.
The accident began as a Toyota pickup truck struck the Illinois State Police vehicle.
This I-55 traffic accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the September 17, 2020 The Herald-News article titled “19-year-old cited in I-55 crash that injured Illinois State trooper: cops.” An excerpt:
The trooper was seated in his squad car with emergency lights activated and blocking traffic for a commercial motor vehicle stalled ahead in the left lane of I-55 at milepost 257.5 south of Route 30, police said.
“The pickup truck vehicle failed to yield to the authorized emergency vehicle and struck the rear of the trooper’s squad car,” police said.
A third vehicle, a 2016 white Ford Econoline van, was traveling in the same location and struck both the pickup truck and the squad car, police said.
“This impact then caused the squad car to be pushed into the left concrete median barrier before it came to rest in the left lane,” police said.
The driver of the pickup truck was identified as Alexis Magallanes, 19, of Berwyn. He was also seriously injured during the crash.
As well, the driver of the Ford van was injured.
Magallanes was cited for traffic violations including that for violating Scott’s Law.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this I-55 traffic accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.
“Scott’s Law” is further discussed on the “What Is Scott’s Law…” post. This law, also referred to as the “Move Over” law, was initially intended to protect those who have to be stopped in and around traffic as part of their responsibilities. Those who stop in an around traffic include state police vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, other first responders, tow trucks, and others. By mandating additional cautionary measures for traffic approaching such stopped vehicles, the intention was that traffic safety would be improved.