UPDATED 8:30am Thursday, April 4th:
In Memoriam: Detective Benjamin Campbell
Colonel John Cote, of the Maine State Police, sadly reports the death of Detective Ben Campbell.
Detective Campbell, 31, was stuck and killed while he was at the scene of a disabled vehicle on the
Detective Campbell was on his way to a training assignment when he came upon the scene of a vehicle
that had slid off the roadway due to excessive speed and inclement weather. As he was outside of his
patrol vehicle providing assistance to that motorist, two wheels of a passing logging truck became
detached from the vehicle and one of them struck Detective Campbell.
Detective Campbell was transported to the Eastern Main Medical Center where he succumbed to his
injuries a short time later.
Served the Maine State Police for nine years and was assigned to the Polygraph Unit. He is survived
by his wife and six month old son.
Detective Ben Campbell is gone, but will never be forgotten.
The Maine State Police have reported that a state trooper was struck and killed on I-95 on Wednesday.
According to reports, the trooper was off to the side of the road with a disabled car when a tractor-trailer crashed into them.
We have confirmation that a Maine State Trooper was struck and killed earlier this morning on I-95 in Hampden. Officers are still at the scene now, we’ll have full details at noon on @FoxABCMaine. pic.twitter.com/7Lz0Ex1Kgs
— Alex Bobbyn (@AlexBobbyn) April 3, 2019
Police said that the trooper was outside of his vehicle when the collision occurred. No identity has been given as of yet, but authorities are scheduled to hold a press conference at 3pm to provide more details about the trooper’s death.
The unnamed trooper was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where he succumbed to his injuries.
Gov. Janet Mills has ordered the U.S. and Maine flags to be flown at half-staff for the remainder of the day in honor of the trooper.
The Maine State Trooper becomes the 7thlaw enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty from being struck by a vehicle this year.
All across the country, police supporters and the families of officers are begging people to move over when they are approaching an emergency vehicle that’s pulled to the side of the road.
You see me as the photo on the left…
But the photo on the right is also me. They’re waiting at home for me…
— Trooper Candice (@TroopCandiceKHP) April 2, 2019
#MoveOver is a movement spreading across social media that asks a simple request to help keep our officers safe. Scott’s Law was originally created back in 2002 when Chicago firefighter Scott Gillen was killed when he was assisting a crash scene on the side of a highway.
LEO’s across the nation have said that they will start cracking down on enforcing Scott’s Law in an effort to keep roads safe and save lives.
Please #moveover for emergency vehicles. We've lost three brave Illinois State Troopers this year – two of them in a week. Let's do better – don't drive distracted, and drive carefully in work zones. https://t.co/0Xe652h1my
— McHenry County DOT (@DOTMcHenry) April 3, 2019
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