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State Trooper Critically Injured in Fatal Accident is an Oswego Resident

Doug Balder returned home to Oswego last June following his third tour with the U.S. Navy.

Doug Balder, taken during his Welcome Home Ceremony in June 2013 | Credit: Natalie Stevens
Doug Balder, taken during his Welcome Home Ceremony in June 2013 | Credit: Natalie Stevens
The Illinois State trooper critically injured in a fatal Monday night crash has been identified as Oswego resident Doug Balder.

Balder, a U.S. Navy Senior Chief, returned home from his third tour in June of 2013 to a hero's welcome from the community. 

He recently rejoined the Illinois State Police, where he was hurt late Monday evening while assisting a stranded semi-truck driver, according to ABC 7. 

A semi heading east at around 9:45 p.m. Monday near Eola Road struck Balder's car and the stalled semi.  His police lights were reported as flashing.

Illinois tollworker Vincent Petrella, 39, was killed in the crash. Balder's car was crushed, but he was able to crawl out from the burning vehicle. 

"Our trooper is in critical condition," Hiram Grau, Illinois State Police director told ABC 7. "He is expected to make it. Right now does have some extensive injuries."

Read more about the crash and investigation on ABC 7. 
Tyler Foley January 28, 2014 at 11:54 PM
Praying for a fast healthy recovery!!! God bless you and your family
Mike Francis January 29, 2014 at 12:40 AM
There are true heroes in this world as evidenced by this man's service to others. God Speed Mr. Balder.
Deborah Miller January 29, 2014 at 08:14 AM
Praying for a quick recovery...thank you so much for your service.
Oswego Mom January 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM
thoughts and prayers for him and for his family!
Magilla Gorilla February 09, 2014 at 07:10 PM
Praying for his recovery and the families of the victims. May he fight his way back home. Good luck.

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