Colorado trooper killed by passing commercial vehicle - KCTV5

Colorado trooper killed by passing commercial vehicle

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A Colorado State Patrol Trooper was killed in a crash on I-25 Friday afternoon south of Castle Rock.

"Needless to say it has been a difficult couple of years between trooper Thyfalut, Trooper Jursevics and our trooper today," said Trooper Josh Lewis with Colorado State Patrol. "It's a matter of being able to comfort one another and being able to come together and understand why we do what we do."

Taylor Thyfault, a 21-year-old State Patrol cadet, was killed in May 2015 when he and a trooper were hit while trying to stop a fleeing car near Longmont. In November 2015, 33-year-old Trooper Jaimie Jursevics was hit and killed by a drunk driver while she was investigating a crash near Castle Rock.

Northbound I-25 remains closed between Tomah Rd. and Plum Creek Parkway as the investigation continues. CDOT does not have an estimated reopen time currently.

The crash took place at 1:30 p.m. near Tomah Road north of Larkspur. The Trooper was investigating a crash at the time when he was hit by a passing commercial motor vehicle.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s office is investigating the death.

"We don't call them accidents for a reason, this was a crash," said Trooper Lewis. "Crashes especially like this one can absolutely be avoided. It's a matter of being vigilant, watching out, taking your time and being completely aware of what's going on around you."

The identity of the Trooper killed has not been released.

This story was originally posted by KKTV, a CBS affiliate in Colorado.

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