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Illinois State Police vehicle smashed by semi-truck

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State Police vehicle and truck on the side of the road. State Police vehicle and truck on the side of the road.
PIKE COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Illinois State Police are investigating a crash involving a trooper vehicle and a semi-truck Saturday afternoon in Pike County, Illinois. 

On I-72, near mile marker 40 in the county, state police said a trooper pulled over a pick-up truck for a routine traffic stop.  

Police said 76-year-old Olin Rabe of Hannibal, Missouri, the driver of the semi-truck, did not move over from the right to the left lane and struck the police vehicle. 

Police said no one was injured. 

There was debris across the road due to the crash but the road was not closed for clean up. 

Sergeant Steve Schuwerk stressed the importance of "Scott's Law," which states drivers should proceed with due caution, change lanes if possible, and reduce speeds if emergency vehicle on the side of the road.

"You need to move over into that other lane to make it safe for everybody that's involved on the right shoulder," he said. "That goes for construction vehicles, motorist assists, ambulances, firefighters and anybody on the right shoulder with their lights activated. You need to move over into the other lane if it's safe to do so."

Police cited Rabe for improper lane usage and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

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