Driver strikes police car
Illinois State Police, District 7 announced on Friday evening, Oct. 12, a State Police Squad Car crash that occurred on Interstate 74 West bound at mile marker 35 (three miles south of Woodhull).
The squad was parked in the right lane to protect the recovery effort of a semi truck crash that occurred earlier Friday. It was occupied by Trooper Darrell Scruggs (District 7). Emergency lights on the squad were fully activated with the left arrow stick signaling approaching traffic to move to the left lane while passing the recovery scene.
A Ford Taurus driven by Megan E. Talbot 20, of Colona, struck the rear of the state squad. nterThis collision pushed the squad into the left lane where it struck a Chrysler Sebring. Talbot and Trooper Scruggs were transported from the scene by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Talbot was treated and released on Friday evening.
Trooper Scruggs remains in the hospital under observation. Talbot was cited for Failure to reduce Speed to Avoid a Crash and Failure to Yield to a Stationary Authorized Emergency Vehicle (Move Over Law).
The Move Over Law is designed to protect those who protect you. This law states that you must move over and slow down for ANY vehicle that displays activated flashing lights. A violation of this law can carry fines up to $10,000 and a driver’s license suspension of two years. This serious and avoidable incident is a hard reminder of the responsibility everyone shares when getting behind the wheel.