ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. - An Illinois State Trooper is in the hospital Thursday morning after being struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 55 northbound at milepost 9.4, in St. Clair County.
The trooper was investigating an accident on I-55 at I-255 Wednesday night involving a vehicle that left the roadway and struck a light pole.
The trooper was standing outside of his vehicle when a when both he and his squad car were struck by a passing truck tractor, semi-trailer combination just before 11:00 p.m.
According to State Trooper Josh Komando, he was taken to a St. Louis Hospital with serious, but stable injuries.
Crews are working to remove a jack-knifed tractor trailer at the scene.
Trooper Komando says at least 14 troopers have been hit this year in Illinois while working accidents.