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Investigation ongoing in crash that killed tow truck driver

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LINCOLN — Police continue to investigate an accident that killed a tow truck driver, who was died Sunday night while attempting to move a disabled vehicle on Interstate 55 near Lincoln.

Illinois State Police said Jamal W. Horvath, 22, of Rochester, was standing next to the driver’s side of his marked tow truck around 9:10 p.m. when he was struck. The truck had its amber rotating/flashing lights activated.

Police said he was in the process of removing  the disabled vehicle from the right shoulder when he was struck by a passing truck tractor semi-trailer. Horvath was pronounced dead at the scene by the Logan County Coroner’s Office.

The driver of the truck tractor semi-trailer, Michael W. Marsh, 64, of Benton, Ark., was cited for failure to yield to a stationary authorized emergency vehicle and for improper lane usage. He was not injured.

The right and center lanes of I-55 near the crash scene were shut down for several hours while the crash was being investigated, but has since re-opened.

Police say the investigation into the accident is continuing.

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