The night before last I was driving I-88 East at Eola Road. There was what appeared to be a broken down truck with a small car behind it. There was also a State of Illinois help truck and a state trooper.
Hard to miss the lights and the big arrow on the truck with the huge left arrow.
Then comes the news Monday morning that the trooper and the help truck were plowed into by a semi-truck. The trooper is Douglas Balder, and he’s in serious condition. The state worker Vince Petrella was killed.
We got news this morning that the truck driver falsified his log book and has been ticketed for that and news reports say he was severely fatigued.
No matter how you break this down, it’s sad. Three life’s changed forever. Three guys just doing their jobs. Three people trying to make a living.
I just don’t understand how you can operate a vehicle, yet be so tired that you cant see these lights. Again, it’s just sad.
Prayers to the trooper, and may Mr. Petrella rest in peace.
We are all guilty of driving tired, driving distracted, but now I’m pretty sure this truck driver will be guilty of murder by negligence.
I even called the state police and will testify that you could see the lights from a mile away.
Please be careful out there. I know it sounds goofy, but slow down, get to the right so the guy on the side of the road can get home as well.