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An off-duty police officer was killed as he sat in the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by an intoxicated woman who slammed into back of a box truck that had crashed in a separate accident.

a man looking at the camera: Off-duty Berwyn police Officer Charles Schauer was killed Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 in a multi-vehicle crash on I-55 in Will County, according to the Berwyn Police Department.© Berwyn Police Department Off-duty Berwyn police Officer Charles Schauer was killed Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 in a multi-vehicle crash on I-55 in Will County, according to the Berwyn Police Department.

The incident happened early Sunday morning around 6:00 a.m. when, according to Illinois State Police, Charles Schauer, 33, of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, was sitting in a car with Erin Zilka, 35, of Plainfield, Illinois, driving on I-55 in Will County.

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Unbeknownst to Zilka and Schauer, a previous accident involving two trucks had occurred just a short time beforehand and those vehicles had come to a stop in the right two southbound lanes of I-55 just north of U.S. Route 30 in Plainfield.

Zilka, who was driving a Dodge SUV and was later arrested and charged with driving under the influence, didn’t slow down or move over when she was driving and then slammed into the rear of one of the box trucks involved in the earlier accident. Schauer was pronounced dead at the scene while Zilka was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“The subject from the Dodge Durango was not breathing … another subject was unconscious and another accident happened right in the area,” an official told ABC News’ Chicago station WLS-TV.

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  Planes brought down by missiles since 1973 Iran on Saturday said its armed forces had "unintentionally" shot down the Ukrainian airliner which crashed outside Tehran. The Boeing 737 crashed on Wednesday, killing all 176 passengers and crew on board, shortly after Iran launched missiles at American forces in Iraq in response to the killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike in Baghdad. Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_7456ceb0-ad1b-4626-acc1-2f47a2e41a23").

“The City of Berwyn Police Department is grieving the loss of a well-respected Police Officer, Charles Schauer, a ten year veteran,” said the Berwyn Police Department in a Facebook post. “Officer Schauer was a passenger in a vehicle that was in an auto accident in Will County. The accident investigation is being conducted by the Illinois State Police. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schauer family during this time of need.”

Black bunting now hangs outside the Berwyn Police Department in honor of Schauer and the city’s mayor has asked for thoughts and prayers during this time of grief.

It's not known if the two other drivers were injured in either of the accidents but the investigation into both incidents is ongoing.

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When the Revolutionary Guards officer spotted what he thought was an unidentified aircraft near Tehran’s international airport, he had seconds to decide whether to pull the trigger. Iran had just fired a barrage of ballistic missiles at American forces, the country was on high alert for an American counterattack, and the Iranian military was warning of incoming cruise missiles. The officer tried to reach the command center for authorization to shoot but couldn’t get through. So he fired an antiaircraft missile. Then another.The plane, which turned out to be a Ukrainian jetliner with 176 people on board, crashed and exploded in a ball of fire.

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