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Illinois state trooper killed in fiery crash

Published: Saturday, March 30, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

NORTHBROOK – An Illinois State Police trooper was killed Friday morning when a semi-truck slammed into his squad car, causing both vehicles to burst into flames along Interstate 294 in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

State Police identified the trooper as 28-year-old James Sauter of Vernon Hills. He was pronounced dead at the scene early Friday.

The trooper’s vehicle was idling on the roadway shoulder when the truck struck it from behind.

The driver was hospitalized for burns to his hand and was not immediately identified.

Gov. Pat Quinn said the state is safer thanks to Sauter’s “bravery and commitment to public safety.”

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