Woman, State Trooper Injured in I-55 Accident

The accident closed lanes on Interstate 55 for several hours on Friday

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    Illinois State Police respond to the accident on Friday evening.

    An Illinois State Trooper and a 25-year-old woman are recovering Saturday morning after both were injured in a car accident Friday evening on Interstate 55 near southwest Lemont.

    The incident happened in the southbound lanes of I-55 around 5:25 p.m. when the woman went to pick up her boyfriend, who was waiting with the Trooper, according to State Police. The boyfriend had been waiting for a tow truck to pick up his car near Woodward Avenue in Lemont, State Police said.

    The woman and her boyfriend were walking back to her car when another car traveling south on I-55 hit the woman, State Police said. The woman was thrown into the northbound lanes, according to a news release from state police, and the car continued traveling south and struck a squad car with a trooper inside.

    The woman was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, where she was listed in serious condition, State Police said. The trooper was treated and released from an area hospital.

    Investigators continued Friday night to piece together what caused the car to hit the woman and the squad car.

    North and south lane on I-55 south of Woodward Avenue were closed, but all lanes were reopened by 9 p.m.