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2nd Illinois State Police trooper killed in crash in one week

The 36-year-old trooper was driving home when he was hit by a car driving the wrong direction.
Ellis Lodd

GREEN OAKS, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Police say a trooper was killed while on-duty when a wrong-way vehicle struck his squad car on Interstate 94 in northern Illinois.

The agency says 36-year-old Trooper Gerald Ellis was driving home Saturday when he was hit at about 3:25 a.m. in Green Oaks. A car driving in the wrong lane struck Ellis’ squad-car head on. Ellis died at a hospital at about 4 a.m. Ellis was an 11-year state police veteran with District 15 in Downers Grove.

Ellis is the second state trooper to die on Illinois roads in one week and the third trooper to die this year. Trooper Brooke Jones-Story was killed when a truck struck her in Freeport. A vehicle fatally hit Trooper Christopher Lambert in January near Northbrook.

Ellis leaves behind a wife, two children, his parents, and his brother.