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Illinois State Trooper Killed on I294 3-28-13 (update)

The Chicago SunTimes reports that the truck driver that crashed into an Illinois State Police car killing Trooper James Sauter had apparently fallen asleep.

The truck driver involved in the fiery Tri-State Tollway crash last month that killed an Illinois State Police trooper allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel before the truck he was driving veered out of its lane, according to a report obtained by the Sun-Times.

The white semi-tractor trailer then slammed into a state police cruiser parked on the left shoulder of Interstate 294 near Willow Road in northwest suburban Northfield Township, police have said, killing 28-year-old Trooper James Sauter.

The truck driver’s name is not being published because court records show a citation charging improper lane useage was dismissed April 15, and he is not charged with a crime related to the March 28 accident. State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said a death investigation is ongoing and “we will probably be seeking higher charges.”

Police have confirmed semi-tractor trailers are required by Illinois law to travel in the highway’s two right lanes.

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Funeral Services for ISP Trooper James Sauter (pt2)

This from Drew Gresik:

Hey guys,
Here are some of my photos from the funeral of ISP Trooper James Sauter that took place Tuesday April 2nd. Pictured are Glenview’s new Truck 14 and Palos Fire Protection District Truck 6304 raising the American Flag. Also pictured is the Palos Heights FPD firefighters and Glenview’s firefighters standing ready to salute the fallen trooper. RIP Trooper Sauter.
Drew Gresik
firefighters honor ISP Trooper James Sauter

Drew Gresik photo

firefighters honor ISP Trooper James Sauter

Drew Gresik photo

firefighters honor ISP Trooper James Sauter

Drew Gresik photo

firefighters honor ISP Trooper James Sauter

Drew Gresik photo

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Funeral services for ISP Trooper James Sauter

This from the Chicago Tribune:

Funeral arrangements have been settled for Illinois State Trooper James Sauter, 28, who was killed when a semitrailer truck hit his squad car and both vehicles burst into flames late Thursday on I-294 in Glenview.

Visitation is set for Monday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Moraine Valley Church, 6300 W. 127th St. in Palos Heights, said ISP spokeswoman Monique Bond. The funeral is Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the same church.

The Tribune article with some video footage is HERE.

thanks Chris

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Illinois State Trooper Killed on I-294 3-28-13

An Illinois State Tropper was killed last night after a tractor-trailer combination slammed into his stationary car along the inside shoulder of the southbound Tri-State (I294) Tollway roughly half a mile south of Willow Road. The Glenview Fire Department received the dispatch after 11PM. Updated calls reported a truck on top of a police car with fire and a trapped occupant. The response was upgraded to include units from Northbrook. Upon arrival, the Glenview companies found heavy fire involving the truck’s tractor and the car. A request was made to get Prospect Heights Tanker 9 to the scene for additional water. Other Glenview units entered the Allstate property along the west side of the highway. They cut through the fence and stretched a line across the highway to a hydrant.

The truck’s driver was transported to Lutheran General Hospital with burns to his hands, reportedly from attempts at rescuing the trooper, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The patrol car was transported to the Cook County Morgue, where Chicago firefighters worked to separate the remains from the car as Illinois State Police and Chicago Police officers stood by.

Glenview Fire Department Engine 8

Glenview Engine 8 was the first unit on the scene. Tim Olk photo

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