DANVILLE — A Vermilion County Sheriff’s deputy was injured Sunday when his squad was hit by another vehicle on Interstate 74.

Deputy Mike Vice was taken to a Champaign-Urbana hospital with serious, but non-life threatening, injuries.

Illinois State Police said the accident happened about 6:50 a.m. Sunday on I-74 westbound, near the Bowman Avenue exit.

The deputy was at the scene of a vehicle accident on I-74 in the westbound lane. The squad was stationary on the left shoulder and left lane with all emergency lights activated.

A car driven by Violet L. James, 70, of Knoxville, Tenn., was traveling westbound in the right lane when she attempted to change lanes from the right into the left lane. Her car hit the rear of Vice’s squad, pushing it off the roadway to the left and into the median cable.

James’ vehicle ran off the roadway to the left.

Both Vice and James were wearing seat belts.

James was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and violating Scott’s Law, which requires vehicles to move over and carefully pass troopers and other vehicles sitting along highways.

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