SPRINGFIELD — A McLean County man faces a Scott's Law violation after the tractor-trailer he was driving went off Interstate 72 in Sangamon County and struck a tow truck and the disabled car the tow truck was about to remove.
Stephen C. Walker, 61, of LeRoy, also was cited by Illinois State Police for leaving the scene of a crash, failure to render aid, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and improper lane usage.
State police report a Shaner's Towing truck was parked on the side of I-72 westbound, a couple of miles east of Riverton, to pick up a disabled vehicle around 11:30 p.m. Monday. Police said both tow-truck operators were wearing bright orange coats and reflective vests, and the tow truck and disabled car both had flashing lights activated.
One tow operator was on the bed of the truck, while the other one was in the car. As the operator in the car was closing the car door, the tractor-trailer crossed the fog line onto the shoulder, hitting the car door and the driver's side of the tow truck, police said.
No one was injured.
Police said the tractor-trailer did not stop but was later located parked at a truck stop off Sangamon Avenue in Springfield.
A police report did not indicate why the tractor-trailer driver drifted onto the shoulder.
"Scott's Law," also known as the "Move Over Law," states that a driver approaching a stationary emergency vehicle or other vehicle with flashing lights activated must change lanes to move over from the lane adjacent to the stopped vehicle.
Illinois law enforcement agencies have been emphasizing Scott's Law in recent weeks amid multiple cases of officers being hit by vehicles.
Additional charges against Walker are possible, police said.