FREEPORT (WREX) — An Illinois State Police Trooper is dead after a crash on U.S. 20. in northern Illinois.
Illinois State Police confirmed Trooper Brooke Jones-Story was killed when a passing semi struck her as she was outside her squad car inspecting another semi.
The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, just west of Highway 75. Details on the crash are unknown at this time, but the crash location is next to the Total Self Storage Facility on E. Currier Road. in Freeport.
Jones-Story was a 12-year veteran of the Illinois State Police.
“Today is a dark day for the Illinois State Police family. This is the six-year anniversary of the death of another Trooper, and now another brave soul, Trooper Brooke Jones-Story, has made the ultimate sacrifice for people of this state. At this very moment, the men and women of the ISP are responding and focused on the job and mission, because that’s what Trooper Jones-Story would do,” said Acting ISP Director Kelly.
At 3:10 p.m. the South Beloit Police Department posted the following message on Facebook:
“The South Beloit Police Department sends our deepest sympathies for the Illinois State Police District 16 Trooper who was killed this afternoon in a crash while on a traffic stop in Stephenson County. This Trooper had assisted our Department on several incidents over the years. Please keep the Trooper’s family and the Illinois State Police in your thoughts and prayers.”
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