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Man who crashed into Illinois State trooper while eating is cited

State police vehicle rear-ended on I-64

Illinois State Police on scene said one of its vehicles was read-ended in a multiple car accident on I-64 going eastbound near O'Fallon Thursday afternoon. Traffic was slowed for more than an hour with one lane blocked.
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Illinois State Police on scene said one of its vehicles was read-ended in a multiple car accident on I-64 going eastbound near O'Fallon Thursday afternoon. Traffic was slowed for more than an hour with one lane blocked.

An Arkansas man has been cited after he allegedly crashed into an Illinois State Police trooper’s cruiser while eating fast food.

Kenneth D. Gay, 24, of Morrilton, Ark., was cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, according to state police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr.

The crash happened at shortly after 5 p.m. May 5 on Interstate 64 in O’Fallon. A trooper driving an unmarked Chevrolet Malibu police cruiser was at a stop in a traffic jam when he was hit from behind by a red 2008 Hyundai sedan driven by Gay.

Dye said there was Jack in the Box fast food — and the contents of a large soda cup — splattered all over the inside of the window of Gay’s car, leading police to believe he was enjoying a meal instead of paying attention to the road.

The impact caved in the rear bumper of the police cruiser as the Hyundai, which had front-end damage, veered off the roadway.

Dye said the trooper, an 18-year veteran whose name has not been released, missed several days of work with injuries suffered in the crash. He reported back to work Wednesday.

Gay was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. An update on his condition was not available Friday.

Scott Wuerz

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