Illinois state trooper killed in crash near Freeport

FREEPORT, Ill. — An Illinois state trooper was killed in a crash near Freeport, Ill., Thursday.

Trooper Brooke Jones-Story, 34, was inspecting a semi on the side of westbound U.S. Route 20, just west of state Route 75 around 12:30 p.m.  Officials said a truck tractor veered off the road and struck her squad car.  Jones-Story was outside her vehicle at the time and she was fatally struck.

Jones-Story pulled over a semi on U.S. Route 20 near state Route 75 when her vehicle was hit by another semi. Her vehicle reportedly burst into flames upon impact.

Jones-Story was a 12-year veteran of Illinois State Police District 16.

She is the 15th trooper of 2019 to be hit by a vehicle while stopped on the side of the road, and the second fatality. Trooper Christopher Lambert, 34, was killed in January.

Thursday also marks six years since the death of Trooper James Sauter who was killed when a truck slammed into his squad car on I-294 near Northbrook.

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