On Monday, August 29th, at approximately 7:22 p.m., the Illinois State Police (ISP) responded to a traffic crash on I-88 westbound near milepost 41.
The preliminary investigation revealed a commercial motor vehicle (truck tractor and trailer) driven by Jeff R. Barker, 63 years-old, of South Whitley, Indiana, was traveling westbound on I-88 near milepost 41 when the truck left the roadway, struck a tree and jack-knifed.
Barker, the sole occupant of the truck, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
ISP was assisted by the Rock Falls Fire Department, Sterling Fire Department, CGH EMS, Illinois Conservation Police, and the Whiteside County Coroner’s Office. The crash remains under investigation.