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Cop killed: Fire truck flips on icy road, lands on squad

The cruiser and truck both slid in the same spot due to icy conditions

WATE 6- Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper was killed in a wreck as a result of the icy conditions Friday morning.

The accident happened just before 7 a.m. near the intersection of Longmire Lane and Emory Road near Corryton in Northeast Knox County.

Trooper Michael Slagle, 53, was driving in his cruiser, when the vehicle slid off the side of Longmire Road while he was on his way to work. He was able to call for help.

A Rural/Metro fire truck also lost control in the same spot, slipping off the side of the road and landing on top of the cruiser with the trooper still inside.

Around noon, Slagle was reportedly still inside the cruiser and was unconscious as crews worked to remove him. He was unable to be revived at the scene.

But THP later reported that the trooper had died of natural causes, reportedly a heart attack.

It's unclear if he died before or after the fire truck landed on top of his cruiser.

"Trooper Slagle was a 26-year veteran of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. He was a model trooper and a good man. It is a very sad day for our Highway Patrol family and all who knew Michael," Colonel Tracy Trott said. "Our prayers go out to his family during this difficult time."

In addition to the trooper, one firefighter sustained minor injuries as did a bystander. Both were transported to local hospitals.

Trooper Michael Slagle joined the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 1986. Originally from Grainger County, he was initially assigned to Campbell County.

During his tenure, he served in both Union and Knox Counties before his current assignment in the Supreme Court detail in Knox County.

Trooper Slagle became a field training officer in 2000. Outside of his duties as a state trooper, he also helped provide security for the University of Tennessee marching band in 2003.

Prior to becoming a state trooper, Trooper Slagle served as a Deputy Sheriff for the Grainger County Sheriff's Office from 1978-1985.

He is a 1978 graduate of Rutledge High School in Grainger County.

Trooper Slagle is survived by his wife and one daughter. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.

Reprinted with permission from WATE 6

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Pete Gravell Pete Gravell Friday, January 25, 2013 3:35:41 PM Wow that sucks for all involved. RIP Sir.
Sheila Doner Sheila Doner Friday, January 25, 2013 3:52:56 PM rip so sorry thinking of his family.
Roberta Brewster Roberta Brewster Friday, January 25, 2013 3:53:32 PM R.I.P. Sendig prayers
Richard H. Teague Jr. Richard H. Teague Jr. Friday, January 25, 2013 3:57:38 PM RIP
Ruby Brown Ruby Brown Friday, January 25, 2013 4:00:40 PM I am so sorry. will pray for family.
Beth Recktenwald Hatton Beth Recktenwald Hatton Friday, January 25, 2013 4:05:21 PM RIP, thank you Sir for your service.
Michael Kidd Michael Kidd Friday, January 25, 2013 4:11:39 PM THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO ALL INVOLVED.
Gene Cobb Gene Cobb Friday, January 25, 2013 4:31:51 PM The above headline is incorrect. Here is what really happened:
RogerNangela Estep RogerNangela Estep Friday, January 25, 2013 4:54:56 PM we are so sorry for that family we will be praying for your family..
Stewart P. Deveau Stewart P. Deveau Friday, January 25, 2013 4:55:16 PM R.I.P. my Brother in Blue.
Don Corbett Don Corbett Friday, January 25, 2013 4:57:16 PM so sad read...
Walter Waganka Walter Waganka Friday, January 25, 2013 5:09:17 PM R.I.P. Trooper Michael Slagle.
Jonathan Upton Jonathan Upton Friday, January 25, 2013 5:09:49 PM rip fallen brother a to my brother in ther get well soon.
Shea Lebow Shea Lebow Friday, January 25, 2013 5:14:42 PM Trooper Slagle will be missed by his wife, 3 daughters and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Donna Graham Hammond Donna Graham Hammond Friday, January 25, 2013 5:21:11 PM How sad, prayers for all involved...
Jon Litton Jon Litton Friday, January 25, 2013 6:19:11 PM what a terrible situation for all involved.
Melody Strait Melody Strait Friday, January 25, 2013 6:20:06 PM May God Bless his Soul and comfort his family and friends.
Josh David Lawson Josh David Lawson Friday, January 25, 2013 6:44:31 PM I AM PRAYING FOR HIS FAMILY.
Jaime Zeno Jaime Zeno Friday, January 25, 2013 7:53:11 PM Prayers for his family!God bless him in heaven and his family..
Jaime Zeno Jaime Zeno Friday, January 25, 2013 7:53:41 PM R.i.p
Kelly Tillis Kelly Tillis Friday, January 25, 2013 7:57:21 PM Lord be with everyone involved in this accident. I know it can not be easy to face from any of them. Thank you sir for your service and may you Rest in Peace. God Bless You All.
Dawn Ogle Dawn Ogle Friday, January 25, 2013 7:59:45 PM The fire engine slid down the bank and landed in front of the patrol car NOT on it.
Shannon Travers Shannon Travers Saturday, January 26, 2013 5:54:06 AM What a sad sad day in Knoxville.
Sharon Rose Lamoureux Sharon Rose Lamoureux Saturday, January 26, 2013 11:16:17 AM Cop killed: Fire truck flips on icy road, lands on squad.
Sherry Carson Sherry Carson Saturday, January 26, 2013 2:52:57 PM so sad for them all, to think they was going there to help and this happened.
James Bliss James Bliss Monday, December 02, 2013 8:32:31 AM So sorry for the lose of a y oh officer. Prayers go out to his fellow troopers and his family. Trooper you shall be missed

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