MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ill. (KMOV) – An Illinois State Police officer was killed in an accident near Litchfield on Monday.
Police said Trooper Kyle Deatherage was conducting a traffic stop on northbound Interstate 55 mile marker 62 when he was struck by a tractor trailer semi-truck.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Deatherage, 32, is survived by his two young children and wife, Sarah.
Both lanes of northbound I-55 were closed while crews worked to clear the scene, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
This is the second death to affect Illinois State Police District 18 in recent months. On September 30, Master Sgt. Bob Price was killed in a boating accident.