The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 28, 2014

Tollway worker dies, trooper hurt in Aurora crash

Associated Press

AURORA, Ill. —     An Illinois Tollway maintenance worker died after a crash on Interstate 88 in Aurora that also seriously injured an Illinois State Police trooper.

    Monday night's accident happened around 9:30 p.m. when a tractor trailer hit the pair as they helped another disabled semi.

    In a statement Tuesday, the head of the Tollway identified the worker as Vincent Petrella. Kristi Lafleur says Petrella was on a "routine job" when "things went horribly wrong."

    State police spokeswoman Monique Bond says the trooper is hospitalized and in serious condition.

    Lafleur says Petrella began working for the Tollway in 2005.

    The accident forced the temporary closure of all eastbound I-88 lanes and some westbound lanes.