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|UPDATED: New Details on I-74 Crash That Injured State Trooper
|UPDATED: 1:05pm 10/13/08 The Illinois State Police is releasing more details into a crash that injured two people early Friday evening, one of which was one of their troopers.
State Police in East Moline say the crash happened around 5:30 Friday evening on Interstate 74 three miles south of Woodhull around the Knox-Henry County Line. They say Trooper Darrell Scruggs was in his squad car aiding in a recovery effort following a semi truck crash when, they say, a blue Ford Taurus driven by 20-year old Megan Talbot of Colona struck the rear of Scruggs' squad. Officials say that collision pushed the squad car into the path of an oncoming Chrysler Sebring, causing another crash.
They say both Scruggs and Talbot were taken to OSF Saint Mary Medical Center in Galesburg. Talbot was treated and released Friday, while the State Police say Scruggs was released this morning, though it's not known when he will return to work.
Officials say a left arrow stick urging approaching traffic to move to the left lane could be seen and was operational, and that's causing Talbot to be cited for Failure to Yield to a Stationary Authorized Emergency Vehicle, and for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident. The first charge is under the state's "Move Over Law" which requires drivers to slow down and move to the left when an emergency vehicle is on the right of the roadway, and could cary a drivers license suspension and a $10,000 fine if convicted.
District-Seven troopers are being asked to have all their equipment ready for inspection today following the crash.
|10 12 08 by Newsroom
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