Illinois State Trooper Involved In Fatal Accident On Tri-State Tollway

There was a fatal accident involving a semi truck and Illinois State Police (ISP) car Thursday night on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) in Northbrook, south of Willow Road. The accident led to the death of Trooper James Sauter, 28, of Vernon Hills. He was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

Trooper Sauter had pulled over onto the left shoulder of I-294. Around 11:00 p.m., he was rear-ended by a semi truck, at which point both vehicles burst into flames.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Sauter died from injuries sustained during the fire. The driver of the semi truck sustained burns to his hand.

The accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the March 29 NBC Chicago article titled “Illinois State Trooper Killed in Crash” as well as the March 29 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “State Trooper killed in Tri-State crash.” Further information on Sauter’s background as well as funeral arrangements can be seen in the Chicago Tribune article of March 29 titled “Trooper killed in crash ‘loved putting on the uniform every day.'”
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