Farmer City, IL - Illinois State Trooper Ryan Albin was killed in a traffic crash on Wednesday, June 28, according to The Chicago Tribune.
The incident occurred about 3:10 PM on I-74, in the westbound lanes near milepost 155, which is near Farmer City, about 25 miles northwest of Champaign. Trooper Albin was on patrol and involved in a crash with a semitrailer truck. According to Fox2now, the driver of the second vehicle, a truck, and a passenger, were not injured.
According to The Pantagraph, "preliminary investigation showed both vehicles were in slowed/stopped westbound traffic approaching a merge area ahead of a construction zone when the crash occurred".
Trooper Albin was airlifted by a medical helicopter to a local hospital, where he died about 8:45 PM The investigation into the crash is ongoing.
In a Facebook post, The Illinois State Police said:
"Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Leo P. Schmitz regretfully announces that ISP Trooper Ryan Albin, star number 5718, was tragically killed on June 28, 2017, while on patrol.
On June 28, 2017, at approximately 3:10 p.m. Trooper Albin was involved in a crash on I-74 near Farmer City. Trooper Albin sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash. At approximately 8:45pm on the same day, Trooper Albin succumbed to his injuries.
“Our hearts are heavy with grief as we mourn the loss of Trooper Albin,” stated Director Schmitz. “I extend my deepest sympathy to Trooper Albin’s family, friends, and co-workers. I pray that those who cared for and loved him find the strength they need during this most difficult time. No further words can express the pain and loss we are all feeling.”
Trooper Albin joined the ISP on January 8, 2006. He was assigned to District 6 in Pontiac as a canine officer. Trooper Albin’s canine partner, “Biko,” was in the rear of the squad car at the time of the crash. Biko was transported to a local veterinarian’s office and appears to have sustained only minor injuries."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Illinois State Trooper Ryan Albin, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
Trooper Albin, your life mattered.