2nd Illinois State Police trooper killed in crash this week

2nd Illinois State Police trooper killed in crash this week
This photo provided by Illinois State Police shows Trooper Gerald Ellis. Illinois State Police say Ellis was killed while on-duty in his squad car when he was struck by a vehicle traveling the wrong way on Interstate 94 in northern Illinois. State police say the 36-year-old Trooper was driving home when he was struck early Saturday, March 30, 2019. in Green Oaks, Ill. Police say the wrong-way vehicle was traveling eastbound in the westbound expressway lanes and struck Ellis’ squad car head-on. (Illinois State Police via AP)

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. The vehicle was driving eastbound in the westbound expressway lanes and 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 this 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.