UPDATE: Illinois State Police say trooper's death 'could have been prevented'

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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (WIFR) -- Updated January 13, 2019, 12:15 a.m.

UPDATE: Illinois State Police released a statement in response to Trooper Christopher Lambert's death. Lambert was killed at the scene of a traffic crash Saturday.

The statement reads:
“Trooper Lambert was a great trooper and was respected by those within and from outside the ISP, this is a tremendous loss which could have been prevented and should have never happened,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “Trooper Lambert deliberately placed his vehicle in a position to protect the lives of the victims of the previous crash, and took on the danger himself. He will be remembered for his dedication to the Illinois State Police and for giving the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve the citizens of Illinois.”

Illinois Tollway also released a statement. It reads:
"Illinois Tollway Executive Director Liz Gorman and all Tollway employees offer their sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to the family, colleagues and friends of Illinois State Police Trooper Chris Lambert.

Trooper Lambert died after being struck by a vehicle Saturday evening on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) near Northbrook.

The Tollway honors the service and dedication of Trooper Lambert, who was a member of Illinois State Police District 15, which patrols and protects drivers and workers on the Tollway system."

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Posted January 12, 2019, 10:45 p.m.

Chicago (CBS) — An Illinois state trooper was killed in an accident Saturday on I-294 near Willow Road in Northbrook.

Trooper Christopher Lambert, 34, was on his way home and stopped at the scene of a crash. He was then struck by a vehicle.

An off-duty nurse at the scene reportedly gave Lambert CPR.

Lambert was taken to Glenbrook Hospital and died from his injuries.

He had worked for ISP for five years.

He leaves behind a wife and one-year-old daughter.

“We lost our trooper,” ISP director Leo Schmitz said. “We lost one of our own, one of our best. Everybody loved him.”

The vehicle that struck Lambert eventually stopped.

Investigations for the initial crash as well as the second crash where Lambert was struck are ongoing.