FARMER CITY — An Illinois State Police trooper was killed Wednesday after a two-car crash on Interstate 74, Director Leo P. Schmitz said.

Schmitz said trooper Ryan Albin died at 8:45 p.m. as a result of injuries he suffered in the crash.

“Our hearts are heavy with grief as we mourn the loss of Trooper Albin,” Schmitz said. “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.”

According to a state police news release, the accident happened about 3:30 p.m. near milepost 155 on I-74, which is west of Farmer City. The trooper's squad car was struck by a commercial vehicle, the news release said.

The trooper was airlifted to a local hospital, the press release said, and all westbound lanes of I-74 at milepost 155 were closed after the crash.

Albin joined the state police on Jan. 8, 2006. He was assigned to District 6 in Pontiac as a K-9 officer, the news release said.

Albin’s K-9 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 suffered only minor injuries, the news release said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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