NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A trooper with the Tennessee Highway Patrol has died while on duty of what officials said appeared to be natural causes after a crash in Knox County.
The trooper was identified as Michael Slagle, age 53. Investigators said Slagle crashed on Longmire Road, about 20 miles north of Knoxville.
Officials said Slagle was discovered unresponsive. Emergency medical technicians were unable to revive him at the scene.
The cause of the crash was not available.
Slagle was a 26-year veteran of the THP who was originally from Grainger County in East Tennessee.
Trooper Michael Slagle is survived by his wife, two daughters and one son.
"He was a model trooper and a good man. It is a very sad day for our Highway Patrol family and all who knew Michael," said Colonel Tracy Trott, who heads the THP. "Our prayers go out to his family during this difficult time."
In addition to his duties as a state trooper, officials said Slagle provided security for the University of Tennessee's marching band in 2003.
Prior to becoming a trooper, Slagle was a deputy sheriff with the Grainger County Sheriff's Office.
Information about funeral arrangements was not available.