Patrol: Trooper's death a tragic accident

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This photo provided by Washington state patrol shows Trooper Sean O'Connell. The Washington State Patrol says a 38-year-old O'Connell is dead after his motorcycle collided with a box truck Friday, May 31, 2013, near the Skagit County town of Conway. Trooper Sean O'Connell was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, where he was pronounced dead. (AP Photo/Washington State Patrol) | Zoom

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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