STERLING, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — An Illinois State Police trooper was injured after a five-car crash occurred on I-39 northbound Monday, Feb. 18.
Police said a trooper was inside of his squad car conducting a traffic stop on the right shoulder of the roadway at milepost 108 in Ogle County, with his emergency lights activated.
The trooper's squad car was sideswiped by a truck tractor semi-trailer, traveling in the right lane.
Police said the semi was traveling in the right lane and attempted to move into the left lane, which was occupied by another vehicle.
The semi-trailer then struck the car in the left lane before veering back into the right lane.
The trailer then swerved onto the right shoulder and sideswiped the trooper's squad car, causing significant damage.
The driver side of the vehicle the trooper had pulled over was also impacted by the semi-trailer.
A fifth vehicle sustained damage from the debris in the roadway caused by the crash, but wasn't directly involved.
IDOT, the Lynn-Scott-Rock Fire Department, Ogle County Sheriff's Office and the Lee County Sheriff's Office also assisted in the crash response.
The trooper sustained non-life threatening injuries but was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The trooper has since been released, according to police.
No other injuries were reported.
The driver of the semi, Adam Toure, 58, of Chicago, was cited for violation of Scott's Law and improper lane usage.