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Tollway worker dies, trooper hurt in Aurora crash

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 10:43 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 12:06 a.m. CST

AURORA – The governor is ordering flags to be lowered to half-staff after an Illinois Tollway maintenance worker died in a crash on Interstate 88 in Aurora.

Monday night’s accident also seriously injured an Illinois State Police trooper. Officials say Tuesday that he’s in critical condition, but is expected to survive.

The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. east of the Eola Road exit 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.”

Lafleur says Petrella began working as an equipment operator and joined the Tollway in 2001.

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