Chief John Camerota announced that Officer Jose Torres was struck and killed in a traffic accident that occurred about 7:30 am on Thursday.

Officer Jose Torres, a 27-year veteran, was directing traffic at a construction site located at Pontoosic and Little River Roads when he was struck by a dump truck.  Officer Torres was transported to Bay State Medical Center were he succumbed to his injuries 2 hours later. The construction was part of a West Springfield Water Line Improvement Project.

Investigators from Massachusetts Office of Safety Health Administration were also at the scene along with other investigating agencies.

Jose Torres is survived by his wife, Kara, and two boys.

Officer Jose Torres, gone but never forgotten.  EOW: Thursday, July, 26, 2012

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