State trooper injured while responding to Interstate 57 crash

Photo: Illinois State Police District 13

An Illinois State Police trooper was injured in an Interstate 57 accident

According to the Illinois State Police, officials were called to a two-vehicle accident on the interstate near the 87 mile post marker at 8:28 a.m., where a vehicle had slid off the roadway and into the median due to weather conditions. About a half hour later, at 9:09 a.m., officials were dispatched to the same area for a second traffic accident involving a state trooper.

While the trooper was on the scene of the first accident, he had pulled the squad vehicle behind the stuck car, stoping at the edge of the let lane. Emergency lights were activated to assist in directing traffic to the right lanes. While the trooper was in his squad car, a 2006 Toyota Tundra crashed into the rear of the police vehicle, causing injury. The officer was reportedly transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Toyota, Chuong V. Nguyen, 54, of Milledgeville, GA, reported no injuries. His passenger, Kim N. Tran, 49, also of Milledgeville, was also not injured in the crash.

All lanes of Interstate 57 southbound were closed for about one hour to conduct investigations and to finish scene clean up.

Nguyen was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failure to yield to stationary emergency vehicle.

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