Mike Wilbur

IL RIG FLIPS AFTER BEING HIT BY DRUNK DRIVER

PEORIA (WEEK) — Authorities say a suspected DUI driver crashed into a Peoria Fire Department engine Friday morning, sending three firefighters involved in the crash to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The PFD fire engine was traveling eastbound on Wilhelm Road crossing Allen Road at around 1:16 a.m. when it was hit by a 2016 gray Dodge, causing the fire truck to turn over on its side, according to a release by the Illinois State Police.

The driver of the Dodge allegedly disobeyed a traffic signal and struck the rear of the fire engine, according to the ISP.

Additional crews were called to the scene to assist the occupants of the Dodge and assist the firefighters exit the fire truck.

An occupant of the Dodge was rendered care and transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The PFD reports all three occupants of the fire truck were transported to an area hospital for injuries, but were released Friday morning.

The Illinois State Police are investigating the incident and cited the driver of the Dodge, Cory McKown, of East Peoria, with DUI, disobeying a traffic signal and using a electronic communication device prohibited while driving.

The condition of the occupant of the Dodge was not known as of Friday morning, according to the PFD.

McKown was also cited for failure to wear a seat belt and illegal transportation of alcohol.

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