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Portion of Interstate 74 named in memory of state trooper

The Associated Press
Posted: Sep. 8, 2018 7:00 am Updated: Sep. 8, 2018 9:06 am

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) A portion of Interstate 74 has been renamed in memory of an Illinois State Police officer killed in a car crash.

Trooper Ryan Albin was traveling with canine partner Biko on I-74 near Farmer City when his squad car collided with a box truck on June 28, 2017. The vehicles were entering a construction zone.

Gov. Bruce Rauner dedicated a five-mile stretch of the highway near there this week.

Albin joined the state police in 2006 as a canine officer. He was known for significant seizures of drugs, weapons and illegal cigarettes.

Albin's parents are Robert and Rebecca Albin. They said in a statement that their son was privileged to serve as a trooper and canine officer. They thanked Republican Sen. Chapin Rose of Mahomet (muh-HAH'-meht) for sponsoring the dedication.

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