Truck driver in fatal crash may have been asleep

CHICAGO – A preliminary report into a fiery crash that killed an Illinois State Police trooper indicates the driver of a semi-truck that slammed into his cruiser may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond says that’s based on the truck driver’s own statements to police.

She also cautions that investigators have not yet completed a reconstruction of the events that led to the March 28 crash in Chicago’s northern suburbs. Bond says a final report could take several more months and it’s possible there could be other factors that contributed to the crash.

No criminal charges have been filed.

The 28-year-old trooper, James Sauter, had his vehicle idling on the roadway shoulder when the truck struck it from behind. The truck driver was hospitalized for burns.