Downer's Grove, IL (KSDK) - An Illinois State Police Trooper died early Friday after he was struck by a tractor trailer truck on southbound Interstate 294 at willow Road, west of Chicago.
State officials say 28 year old Trooper James Sauter was on-duty in his squad car when his vehicle was struck on the highway.
Investigators say Sauter was pronounced dead at the crash scene early this morning. He had been a member of the Illinois State Police since 2008 and recently completed a temporary assigned with the units Air Operations.
Most recently, Trooper Sauter was assigned as a patrolman in District 15, in northern Illinois.
More information on the accident is expected to be released later today.