Patrol: Trooper's death a tragic accidentNovember 18, 2013 @ 4:58 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State Patrol says multiple factors led to the death of a trooper whose motorcycle collided with a commercial truck near Mount Vernon last May.
Sean O'Connell was killed May 31 while he was directing traffic along a detour set up when the Skagit River bridge collapsed.
Capt. Charles LeBlanc said Monday that detectives determined it was a tragic accident. The patrol says no citations have been issued and no charges are being sought against the truck driver. Speed was not a factor in the collision, and the truck driver was not impaired.
O'Connell was passing on the right of the truck when the truck turned right, and the two vehicles collided. A guard rail cut off a potential escape route for the trooper.
The new Skagit River Bridge has been renamed in the trooper's honor.
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