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Illinois State Trooper struck, killed by tractor trailer in Downer's Grove

4:36 AM, Mar 29, 2013   |    comments
Trooper James Sauter
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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.

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