KENOSHA COUNTY — Wisconsin State Patrol and tow truck operator were transported to local hospital after a vehicle lost control and rear-ended the trooper's vehicle on Sunday night as it was pulled over on the side of Interstate 94 in Kenosha County.
The trooper was located in his cruiser completing paperwork and the tow truck operator was loading a vehicle involved in an earlier accident when the crash occurred at about 7:20 p.m. just north of the Wisconsin/Illinois state line.
The tow driver was tossed from the back of the tow truck and ended up against a median wall. Both trooper and tow driver were transported to a Kenosha hospitals, where they were treated and released for their injuries
The driver of the vehicle that struck the cruiser had three child passengers in the vehicle and is suspected of operating while impaired and driving without a valid license. All four occupants of that vehicle were transported to Milwaukee-area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.
Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the crash.
“This incident illustrates the risks that law enforcement and emergency responders face every day,” stated State Patrol Captain Tim Carnahan in a press release about the incident. “It also highlights the need for all motorists to be alert and to move over or slow down for stopped emergency vehicles.”