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Washington Trooper Killed In Crash

June 03, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of WSP.
Photo courtesy of WSP.
A Washington State Patrol trooper died Friday when a box truck struck his motorcycle near where a bridge had collapsed.

Trooper Sean M. O'Connell, 38, had responded to the Skagit River Bridge collapse around 5 p.m. Friday. He was working a traffic detour detail on Fir Island Road, when the crash occurred.

Trooper O'Connell had checked the length of a vehicle backup and was returning to a traffic control point when the fatal collision occurred, according to the agency. The truck driver is cooperating with investigators. Drugs or alcohol weren't a factor.

"We not only lost a great trooper, we lost a great human being," Chief John Batiste. "Sean was known around the department and the community for both his sense of humor and sense of compassion."

Trooper O'Connell, a 16-year agency veteran, had been assigned to the Marysville district headquarters. He leaves behind a wife, 7-year-old son, and 5-year-old daughter.


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Doug M. @ 6/3/2013 4:53 PM

We lost this trooper in large part due to the fact he was on a motor. This is far too common, and I have to wonder if there is any point to using the motors that serves a real purpose, or a purpose that is worth the risk.

Bruce @ 6/3/2013 5:57 PM

rest in peace, the world owes you a debt. Your watch is finished and we will remember you forever.

Ed Unis @ 6/7/2013 10:38 AM

Rest In Peace Sean

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