Police: Driver talking on cellphone hits IDOT truck on I-255

News-DemocratApril 30, 2013 

A man using his cellphone in a construction zone on Interstate 255 crashed into an Illinois Department of Transportation dump truck Monday, causing minor injures to an IDOT worker.

The driver's identity, who was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and talking on a cellphone in a construction zone, was not available to an Illinois State Police spokesman on Tuesday.

The state truck was parked in the right lane of traffic with a lighted arrow board on the back and signs indicating that the right lane was closed, said ISP Trooper Calvin Dye Jr.

The driver told police that he was on his cellphone and swerved to avoid hitting the back of the dump truck, but struck the passenger side door and guard rail, Dye said.

The driver refused medical attention, Dye said, but the IDOT worker was transported to a hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

The failure to reduce speed in a construction zone ticket has a fine of up to $375. The ticket for talking on a cellphone in a construction zone carries a possible fine of up to $175.

"With the warming weather, it's extremely important that motorists slow down and pay attention in work zones for the protection of the highway workers," Dye said.

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