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Police: distracted driver injures two workers on I 80 in Joliet

Florida man charged in crash

Gary Rollins
Gary Rollins

JOLIET – Illinois State Police say a distracted driver caused the injury of two construction workers Thursday night.

Gary D. Rollins, 36, of Crystal River, Florida, was heading west on Interstate 80 at about 11:54 p.m. in a construction zone near Briggs Street when his 1996 Ford F-350 struck a digital sign board, which then struck two construction workers nearby.

“The preliminary investigation indicates the driver of unit one was distracted by using a cell phone,” a news release from ISP District 5 stated.

Both workers were transported to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, where one is in stable condition with serious injuries. The other was treated and released.

Rollins is in the Will County Jail pending a bond hearing. He was charged with aggravated reckless driving and aggravated reckless conduct.

The left lane of I-80 westbound was closed until approximately 3:30 a.m. for crash investigation.

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