Update 11 a.m.
OGDEN, Ill. (WCIA) — Illinois State Police officials have confirmed that a trooper was hurt early Wednesday morning when a truck tractor hit their squad car on westbound I-74.
The crash happened at 2 a.m. near the exit to Ogden. Officials said that prior to the crash, traffic was being directed off the highway at the exit to accommodate construction further west, with construction barricades set up to direct traffic onto the exit ramp.
A State Police Squad car was parked behind the barricades, with lights activated, when officials said a truck tractor towing three other truck tractors failed to follow the designated traffic direction. The truck drove through the barricades, hit the exit sign and then hit the rear driver side of the squad car.
The trooper was sitting inside their car at the time of the crash and was taken to an area hospital. They are expected to be ok.
The driver of the truck tractor, 46-year-old Thomas Mbongo of Urbana, was ticketed for a Scott’s Law violation and for failing to slow down to avoid an accident.
The closure of westbound I-74 was subsequently moved back even further to the exit to Fithian. The highway reopened at 10:30 a.m.
FITHIAN, Ill. (WCIA) – The westbound lanes of I-74 are closed near milepost 200 at the Rankin/Fithian exit.
State Police is on scene diverting traffic.
Authorities say drivers can reenter the interstate at Ogden.
The closure is expected to last until 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
A WCIA reporter on scene saw crews pull a State Police car onto a tow truck.
This is a developing story.