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Crash Kills Tollway Worker

AURORA – One Illinois Tollway maintenance worker is dead and a State Trooper is in critical condition Tuesday, after a semi-truck hit both their vehicles Monday night while driving along Interstate 88 in Aurora, near Eola Road.

The state trooper and the maintenance worker were stopped to assist a semi-truck that had broken down near Eola Road, when another semitrailer hit all three vehicles and they burst into flames, Illinois State Police Spokeswoman, Monique Bond said.

The maintenance worker was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, while the injured trooper was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, accompanied by a motorcade, and is currently in critical condition.

The deceased worker was identified by the Illinois Tollway as Wheeling resident, Vincent Petrella, 39. Petrella has been a maintenance worker for the Tollway since 2005, officials said.

“Our roadway maintenance workers are on our roadways 24/7 to serve customers across our 286-mile system of tollways,” said Kristi Lafleur, Illinois Tollway Executive Director in a written statement. “It was during what should have been a routine job that things went horribly wrong.”

Lafleur went on to say “Vincent was a hard-working family man and father of two who was committed to doing his best each day to serve our customers on the Tollway.”

This is the second time in the past year that a parked police car has been hit by a truck.

Illinois State Trooper, James Sauter, was killed in March 2013, when a semi crashed into his parked car along Interstate 294.

A Wisconsin truck driver was charged in his death, after allegedly falling asleep at the wheel.

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Top: Illinois Tollway maintenance worker Vincent Petrella, 39, was killed in a crash Monday along I-88 while he was attempting to assist a broken down semi. Source: Facebook

Bottom: The crash took place around 9:45 p.m. Monday night near Eola Road & I-88. Source: Google Maps

Updated: 1/28/14 9:10 a.m.

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