The sheriff's deputy who crashed Tuesday morning on Interstate 255 has "a little headache" but is otherwise fine, said Sheriff Rick Watson of the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department.
Early morning commuters were delayed along Interstate 255 near Mousette Lane in Cahokia because of the 7:11 a.m. accident. Illinois State Police, who investigate crashes involving other law enforcement agencies, said the deputy was traveling southbound in the far-left lane when he lost control of the patrol vehicle. The car hit the concrete median and then spun across all lanes of traffic to hit the right guardrail, where it came to rest with the front of the vehicle facing the concrete median
"It just started downpouring, and his car just kind of hydroplaned," Watson said. "Sometimes it just happens, (the driver) doesn't have to be speeding or driving crazy, it's just one of those things."
The 41-year-old deputy, whose name was not released, has been with the department at least 10 years and was wearing his seat belt. Watson said the air bag deployed. As part of the investigation, the deputy was taken to a hospital for tests, including for drugs and alcohol, and checked out fine, Watson said.
Illinois State Police report that Poelker's Garage towed the vehicle, which had damage on the front and rear.
Watson said the deputy would be back at work in a couple of days, and would again drive a car from the pool of vehicles the department uses. Watson estimates deputies drive "at least 500 miles" each week.
A Belleville commuter said her drive was slightly delayed because of the crash. Amy Huller was on southbound Interstate 255 at about 7:15 a.m., and said she waited about 10 minutes to get through the area.