O'Fallon Progress

Was Illinois State Trooper injured on I-64 because of a burger?

A fast food meal is likely to blame for a crash that involved an Illinois State Police trooper.

According to police reports, the drive-thru meal including a large amount of soda was splattered all over the windshield of a car that struck the rear end of an unmarked police cruiser stuck in traffic.

“It appears it was a case of distracted driving,” state police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr. said. “Jack in the Box was all over the inside of the windshield.”

The trooper, an 18-year veteran, was at a complete stop at just after 5 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 64 near mile marker 15 near Shiloh-O’Fallon border. As he was waiting, the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu he was driving was struck by a 2008 Hyundai.

The impact caved in the trunk and the rear bumper of the unmarked Malibu police cruiser. Both drivers were taken to a Belleville hospital with what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

The trooper suffered what was initially believed to be a broken leg, Dye said, but X-rays came back negative.

The case was still under investigation as of Friday afternoon and no tickets or charges have been filed.

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