TEMPLE – *** 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 accordance with the Temple Fire Department. DPS data later decided the opposite driver transported to the hospital was the driving force of the white pickup and never the blue Mazda.***

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

The trooper was conducting a site 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 severe situation Saturday afternoon, in accordance with Temple PD Spokesperson Shawana Neely. DPS later confirmed the trooper was pronounced useless 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 accordance with 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 youngsters. Funeral preparations are pending.

Neely mentioned there have been a number of autos concerned on this incident and it’s unknown at the moment what number of are injured.

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

DPS instructed 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 accordance with TxDOT’s Jodi Wheatley. 

DPS was investigating the crash as of Saturday night.

TxDOT estimated it will take 4 hours to clear the scene. One lane of the southbound entry highway was open with emergency autos 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: 



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