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Illinois quick hits: Students protest war; fatal industrial accident; trooper injured

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Students protest war

Hundreds of University of Illinois students gathered in Champaign Wednesday to protest the school for what they described as complicity in the war in Gaza.

The protest was organized by the student group ActNow4Palestine. Pro-Palestinian protests have happened at college campuses across the country this week, including at New York University and Columbia University.

Fatal industrial accident

A Pekin woman is dead after an industrial accident in Woodford County. Lisa Hoffman, 40, was struck by a forklift at Case IH Factory in Goodfield Tuesday.

A preliminary autopsy report indicated she died from multiple blunt-force trauma injuries. The accident remains under investigation by the Woodford County Sheriff’s Department and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Trooper injured

An Illinois State Trooper was hospitalized after a crash on Interstate 57 near Anna. The officer had stopped to investigate a traffic crash and was sitting inside his police vehicle with the emergency lights on at the time of the incident.

A Creal Springs woman failed to move into the other lane and hit the trooper’s car. She was issued a citation for violating Scott’s Law. This is the 14th incident relating to the Move Over Law this year with six officers suffering injuries.