Illinois State Police car hit while trooper assists driver; 27th ISP squad car hit this year

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PIKE COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- An Illinois State Police squad car was hit Sunday night in southern Illinois.

The crash marks the 27th time an ISP car has been struck this year, according to Illinois State Police.

According to a news release, ISP says the crash happened Sunday night on Interstate 72 (Milepost 21) near Barry, Illinois in Pike County as a result of a Scott's Law violation.

ISP says the squad car was parked on the inside shoulder with activated emergency lights while assisting a motorist stuck in the center median who had slid off the snow-covered roadway.

Another car approached the scene heading westbound and tried to pass a truck tractor semi-trailer.

According to ISP, that driver, later identified as Courtney Vaughn, 31, of Quincy, lost control on the snow-covered road and hit the rear quarter panel of the parked and unoccupied ISP squad car.

Vaughn was issued citations for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failure to yield to emergency vehicle (Scott's Law).

Illinois State Police have issued more than 6,000 citations this year from Scott's Law violations. Twenty-seven squad cars have been struck this year, while four troopers have died as a result of Scott's Law violations.