Peoria County deputy, state trooper injured on I-74, trucker ticketed for speeding

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Two officers were injured Tuesday morning working a crash on I-74 in Peoria County when a semi truck jack-knifed and hit their cars.

Police said Missouri truck driver, 39-year-old Scott M. Parameter, was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions after his semi struck the vehicles of Illinois State Trooper Breann Imig and Peoria County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Polhemus around 5:15 a.m.

Imig was inside her vehicle, while Polhemus was outside of his when they were struck. Both were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Imig was transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries, and the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office said Polhemus would be discharged from the hospital shortly. Both have been released from the hospital. 

Imig and Polhemus had their emergency lights on, police said.

Parameter was driving a white Freightliner truck tractor pulling a double bottom trailer, near milepost 79 in the left lane. He was attempting to change lanes into the right lane, when the trailer lost traction due to the icy roads and the trailer then struck the vehicles. 

Officials said Polhemus was parked directly behind Imig’s vehicle. 

As a result of the crashes, I-74 was shut down most of the morning near Brimfield, until around 8:30 a.m. 

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