TEMPLE – A DPS trooper died Saturday night after his automobile was struck by a white pickup truck on southbound Interstate 35, in response to DPS officers.

The trooper was conducting a visitors cease round three:05 p.m. on the shoulder of the freeway when the pickup truck hit the DPS automobile from behind, officers mentioned. 

The DPS trooper was transported to Baylor Scott and White in critical situation Saturday afternoon, in response to Temple PD Spokesperson Shawana Neely. DPS later confirmed the trooper was pronounced lifeless on the hospital. The trooper was recognized as 63-year-old Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper.

“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.”

Trooper Nipper was commissioned as a Trooper in January of 1983, and he was stationed in Temple, in response to a DPS press launch.

Nipper was the 220th DPS officer to die within the line of obligation since 1823. He is survived by his spouse and three kids. Funeral preparations are pending.

Neely mentioned there have been a number of automobiles concerned on this incident and it’s unknown right now what number of are injured.

TxDOT confirmed with Channel 6 News Saturday afternoon the crash concerned three automobiles on the southbound aspect of I-35 close to Midway Drive. 

DPS advised Channel 6 the driving force of the white pickup was additionally transported to the hospital. That drivers situation is unknown as of Saturday night. 

One automobile caught fireplace, in response to TxDOT’s Jodi Wheatley. 

DPS was investigating the crash as of Saturday night.

TxDOT estimated it might take 4 hours to clear the scene. One lane of the southbound entry highway was open with emergency automobiles blocking the opposite lane. The scene was cleared by 9:31 p.m., TxDOT officers mentioned.

Here are some photographs despatched to Channel 6 by a viewer: 

Another viewer despatched us this video of the crash: 

TxDOT supplied the next alternate route for southbound drivers: 

1. Exit 304 to Loop 363
2. Turn proper and drive four.zero miles to SH 36
three. Turn proper and drive three.75 miles to SH 317
four. Turn left and drive 5.75 miles to FM 439
5. Turn proper and drive zero.75 miles to Loop 121
6. Turn left and drive 5 miles to I-35
7. Turn proper and drive to on-ramp.

*** A earlier model of this story said A blue Mazda was concerned within the crash and the driving force of that automobile was additionally taken to Baylor Scott and White in unknown situation, in response to the Temple Fire Department. DPS info later decided the opposite driver transported to the hospital was the driving force of the white pickup and never the blue Mazda.***

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