Illinois trooper hit, killed by passing semi rig

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LITCHFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois State Police say one of its motorcycle troopers is dead after being hit by a passing tractor-trailer during a freeway traffic stop in southern Illinois.

State Police say 32-year-old Trooper Kyle Deatherage died at the scene of the accident shortly after 9 a.m. Monday along Interstate 55 near Litchfield.

State Police Director Hiram Grau says Deatherage was a married father of two children and had been a trooper since May 2009.

There was no immediate word on any charges.

Litchfield is about 55 miles northeast of St. Louis.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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