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Failure to yield to emergency vehicles cause pair of weekend Chicago traffic accidents

A trooper was struck during a traffic stop over the weekend and a fire department vehicle was involved in a Chicago car accident that seriously injured a pedestrian.

Three people were injured in a Chicago pedestrian accident after a fire department SUV struck an elderly pedestrian in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood Saturday morning.

The Breaking News Center reported that the incident began with a car accident after an AT&T truck traveling northbound on Kedzie sideswiped the fire department SUV. The SUV was responding to a call with lights and sirens activated when it was struck, causing it to lose control, jump a curb, and strike the 71-year-old pedestrian.

The pedestrian and the drivers of both vehicles were transported to area hospitals for treatment.

Earlier Saturday morning, an Illinois State Police trooper was struck while conducting a traffic stop, the Breaking News Center reported.

Authorities were looking for the hit-and-run driver shortly after the crash at I-80 near mile marker 122 east of the Ridge Road/Minooka exit. A trooper had stopped a suspected drunk driver when he was struck by the passing motorist. He suffered a broken ankle and was treated and released from an area hospital.

As we reported earlier this year on Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer blog, Illinois’ Scott’s Law requires motorists to move over or slow down for stopped emergency vehicles.

Violators face a fine of up to $10,000. The law is named for a Chicago Fire Department lieutenant who was struck and killed by a drunk driving while assisting at an accident scene on the Dan Ryan Expressway.