Report: Driver falling asleep led to crash that killed trooper

A truck driver involved in a crash that killed an Illinois State trooper allegedly fell asleep at the wheel before the accident.

Trooper James Sauter died last month after a semi-tractor trailer slammed into his squad car.

It happened in the southbound lanes of Interstate 294 near Willow Road in Northfield Township.

According to a police report obtained by the Sun-Tmes, the trucker fell asleep, veered off the road and hit Sauter’s car which was parked on the shoulder.

The truck driver has not been charged in connection with the accident but a state police spokeswoman says they’re still seeking charges.

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