Renee Summerour, KWKT, and KXAN Staff
TEMPLE, Texas (KWKT/ KXAN) — A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper died Saturday after being struck by a pickup truck whereas conducting a site visitors cease in Temple, Texas.
DPS mentioned Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper, 63, was inside his car conducting a site visitors cease on the southbound shoulder of Interstate at about three:05 p.m. Saturday when his patrol automobile was struck from behind by a driver in a Chevrolet pickup. The patrol automobile then caught on fireplace.
The trooper was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Temple in critical situation however later died. The driver of the pickup truck was additionally taken to the hospital.
“It is with heavy heart that we must notify our fellow Texans that State Trooper Thomas Nipper died in the line of duty today,” mentioned DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Today Texas and our DPS family lost one of our finest. Trooper Nipper was a hard-working and selfless man, who proudly served and protected the people of this state. His commitment to duty and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.”
A 3rd car was concerned within the crash.
DPS mentioned just one lane of a southbound entry street was open with emergency autos blocking the opposite lane. Traffic on the northbound aspect was gradual and was backed up about 2 miles.
Nipper was commissioned as a trooper in January of 1983, and he was stationed in Temple. DPS mentioned he’s the 220th DPS officer to die within the line of obligation since 1823.
He is survived by his spouse and three youngsters, DPS mentioned. Funeral preparations are pending.
Texas Gov. Abbott additionally issued this badertion:
Trooper Nipper was a devoted member of Texas’ regulation enforcement neighborhood, and like his fellow officers, I’m saddened to study of his tragic demise. The women and men who make the dedication to preserving us protected are every single day heroes, and we should always all the time bear in mind the dangers and sacrifices they make to serve their fellow Texans. Cecilia and I ask all Texans to affix us in preserving Trooper Nipper, his household, and all these near him in our ideas and prayers. May God grant them peace and luxury throughout this troublesome time.
In Texas, the Move Over regulation requires drivers to maneuver out of the lane closest to the officer when potential or scale back their pace to 20 mph beneath the posted pace restrict if the driving force should keep in that lane. On roadways with posted pace limits of 25 miles per hour or much less, drivers should scale back their pace to five miles per hour. Violators will be fined as much as $2,000.