DPS Trooper Dies After Being Struck on I-35 in Temple

TEMPLE, TX (KWKT) - A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper died Saturday after being struck by a pickup truck while conducting a traffic stop in Temple, Texas.

According to Temple Police, the trooper was conducting the traffic stop on southbound Interstate 35 when a white pickup truck hit him.

The trooper was transported to Scott & White Medical Center - Temple in serious condition but later died.

Several other vehicles were also involved in the crash.

DPS said only one lane of a southbound access road was open with emergency vehicles blocking the other lane. Traffic on the northbound side was slow and was backed up about 2 miles.

The Texas DPS in Austin issued the following news release Saturday evening:

A Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Trooper died Saturday afternoon in Bell County following a traffic crash.
Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper, 63, was conducting a traffic stop on the south bound shoulder of Interstate 35 in Temple, at approximately 3:05 p.m. Saturday, when his patrol car was struck from behind by a Chevrolet pickup. Trooper Nipper was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. The crash, which took place in the Temple city limits, is under investigation and no additional details are available at this time.
“It is with heavy heart that we must notify our fellow Texans that State Trooper Thomas Nipper died in the line of duty today,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Today Texas and our DPS family lost one of our finest. Trooper Nipper was a hard-working and selfless man, who proudly served and protected the people of this state. His commitment to duty and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.”
Trooper Nipper was commissioned as a Trooper in January of 1983, and he was stationed in Temple. He is the 220th DPS officer to die in the line of duty since 1823. He is survived by his wife and three children. Funeral arrangements are pending.

(Information from CenTexProud.com)

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