Millstadt man tells police he was on his phone when he struck IDOT truck

News-DemocratMay 1, 2013 

A 52-year-old Millstadt man is accused of talking on his cellphone in a construction zone on Interstate 255 and crashing into an Illinois Department of Transportation dump truck Monday, causing minor injuries to an IDOT worker.

ISP Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. identified the driver Wednesday as Kenneth Fults Jr., 52, who was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and talking on a cellphone in a construction zone.

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, according to police.

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.

Dye said the IDOT crew was repairing potholes on I-255 when the crash occurred.

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