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Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau Issues Statement on Reagan Memorial Tollway Fatal Crash

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Press Release Date: January 28, 2014

Officials Remind Motoring Public About the Importance of Scott’s Law

CHICAGO – Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau today released the following statement regarding the fatal crash that claimed the life of an Illinois Tollway maintenance worker, Vincent Petrella, and seriously injured a District 15 State Trooper, Douglas J. Balder, on Monday, January 27, 2014.

“On behalf of the men and women of the Illinois State Police, I offer condolences to Vincent Petrella’s family and to the entire Illinois Tollway.  It is also with deep sadness that we offer our support and deepest sympathies to the family of Trooper Douglas Balder, who remains in serious condition and is expected to recover.  These first responders are dedicated to service and risk their lives every day to keep citizens and roads safe.”

Trooper Balder was on duty in his ISP squad car when his vehicle and Petrella’s tollway maintenance vehicle were struck by a truck tractor semi-trailer at I-88 eastbound at Eola Road.  Both were responding to assist a disabled truck tractor semi-trailer.  Trooper Balder is 38 years of age and has been a member of the Illinois State Police since 2007. 

The Illinois State Police is also urging the motoring public to respect Scott’s Law, and to use caution when approaching stationary authorized emergency vehicles displaying flashing lights, or any other large emergency equipment on the interstates and roads.

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