Saturday, July 31, 2010

IL DOT Tow Truck Struck By PickUp Truck, Drivers Injured

Here's the Chicago Sun-Times story:
A pick-up truck struck at an IDOT tow truck early Saturday, injuring the driver and the IDOT worker.

At about 12 a.m., a man was driving north on the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94) near 31st Street in a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche when he struck a green tow truck emergency traffic patrol vehicle that was helping a disabled vehicle on the left lane, an Illinois State Police District Chicago trooper said.

The 27-year-old Carpentersville man claims a black vehicle cut him off, forcing him to rear-end the tow truck. He also said he did not see the emergency lights on the tow truck, the trooper said.

He and the driver in the tow truck were taken to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center with minor injuries, the trooper said.

He was ticketed with violating Scott’s Law, which deals with failure to pay attention to emergency vehicles, and failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, the trooper said.

The tow truck struck and another emergency vehicle was in the left lane, while a third emergency vehicle and the disabled vehicle was on the left shoulder, the trooper said. No on else was hurt.

Illinois State Police are investigating.

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