Metro-East News

IDOT worker released from hospital after crash

An Illinois Department of Transportation worker has been released from the hospital after he was struck by a motorist.

The unidentified worker was struck Wednesday afternoon on I-64 at the Illinois 111 exit in Washington Park about 2 p.m.

The worker was directing traffic as another motorist was pulled from a ditch during a snowstorm. A passing motorist in a 2003 Cavalier slid and struck the IDOT worker and the other driver, according to state police.

The IDOT worker, a 52-year-old Belleville man, and the other driver, a 39-year-old man from East St. Louis, were taken to the hospital with “very, very serious injuries,” Illinois State Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. said at the time.

Weather conditions and speed were the cause of the accident, Dye said.

The 21-year-old woman driving the 2003 Cavalier has not yet been cited. The crash remains under investigation, Dye said.

In addition to that wreck last week, Sunday’s weather also resulted in 30 calls for crashes or vehicles needing to be pulled from ditches, Dye said. The calls began at 8 a.m. when it started to snow lightly, Dye said.

Drivers were traveling too fast for conditions or following too closely, Dye said. The storm necessitated calling in troopers to come out and help, Dye said.

“It’s the same thing every time we have ice. Drivers go too fast or they follow the motorist in front of them too closely and our dispatches phones start ringing,” Dye said.

Drivers should slow down and allow more space between cars anytime weather conditions turn dangerous, Dye said.