AURORA — An Illinois Tollway employee was killed and an Illinois State Police trooper was seriously injured in a crash on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in Aurora Monday night.
The tollway employee has been identified as Vincent Petrella, according to a statement issued by the Illinois Tollway.
Petrella was an operator laborer for the tollway since 2005 and began his career as a toll collector, according to the statement.
“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,” Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said in the statement.
An Illinois State Police trooper was also seriously injured in a crash.
About 9:45 p.m., an Illinois State Police trooper was assisting Petrella with a disabled semi truck near Eola Road, authorities said.
“All vehicles were struck by another semi and became engulfed in flames,” Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said in an emailed statement.
Petrella employee was pronounced dead at the scene and the trooper was hospitalized in seriously condition, officials said.
As of midnight, officials still were at the scene gathering details. All eastbound lanes between Farnsworth Avenue and Route 59 were blocked; police were forcing eastbound traffic to exit at Farnsworth.
Contributing: Steve Lord