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Tollway worker killed, state trooper seriously hurt in I-88 crash

An Illinois Tollway worker is killed, and an Illinois State Trooper is critically injured, in a fiery crash on I-88 in Aurora.

39 year-old Vincent Petrella and 38 year-old Trooper Douglas J. Balder both pulled over to help a truck driver whose vehicle broke down when another truck suddenly barreled into all three vehicles. A huge fire erupted.

vincentpetrellaBalder is being treated at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. He has been with the Illinois state police since 2007. He is married, and has two kids.

“We’re extremely thankful that he’s able to survive. If you see the condition of the vehicle, it’s a miracle. It’s a miracle,” said Hiram Grau of the Illinois State Police.

Petrella worked for the Tollway for 13 years. He was an equipment operator laborer for the Tollway since 2005. He began his career as a toll collector.

He leaves behind a wife, a 7 year-old daughter, and a 4 year-old son.

The driver of the semi that caused the crash was treated, and is being questioned. No charges have been filed.

No information has been released about the driver of the disabled truck.

Gov. Pat Quinn ordered the state’s flags to be flown at half-staff.



5 Comments to “Tollway worker killed, state trooper seriously hurt in I-88 crash”

    Colin said:
    January 27, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    IDOT worker was killed.

    george said:
    January 28, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    tollway worker needlessly killed by semi driver obviously going way to fast

      Byron said:
      January 28, 2014 at 7:26 AM

      he was one of our fellow workers, please think of both of his families at this time! and remember that we are out there to keep the public safe!!!!

    Shane said:
    January 28, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Awful! So sorry for the families and co-workers.

    friday said:
    January 28, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    effing semi drivers

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