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Police: Kentucky State Trooper Dies In Line-Of-Duty Crash

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Posted at 7:04 AM, Jun 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 01:27:50-04

GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky State Police trooper has been killed in the line of duty while responding to a reckless driving complaint.

Multiple media outlets report 23-year-old Eric K. Chrisman died in a collision with a tractor-trailer Tuesday.

State police trooper Stu Recke says Chrisman was traveling westbound on U.S. 62 near Grand Rivers when his police cruiser crossed into the eastbound lanes and into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer.

Authorities say Chrisman, who was originally from Lawrenceburg but lived in Eddyville, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the driver of the tractor-trailer, 53-year-old Richard A. Burnham Jr. of Benton, was treated at Marshall County Hospital and released.

Recke says Chrisman graduated from the Kentucky State Police Academy in January 2015.

The crash remains under investigation by state police.

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