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.
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Pete GravellFriday, January 25, 2013 3:35:41 PMWow that sucks for all involved. RIP Sir.
Sheila DonerFriday, January 25, 2013 3:52:56 PMrip so sorry thinking of his family.
Jaime ZenoFriday, January 25, 2013 7:53:11 PMPrayers for his family!God bless him in heaven and his family..
Jaime ZenoFriday, January 25, 2013 7:53:41 PMR.i.p
Kelly TillisFriday, January 25, 2013 7:57:21 PMLord 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 OgleFriday, January 25, 2013 7:59:45 PMThe fire engine slid down the bank and landed in front of the patrol car NOT on it.
Shannon TraversSaturday, January 26, 2013 5:54:06 AMWhat a sad sad day in Knoxville.
Sharon Rose LamoureuxSaturday, January 26, 2013 11:16:17 AMCop killed: Fire truck flips on icy road, lands on squad.
Sherry CarsonSaturday, January 26, 2013 2:52:57 PMso sad for them all, to think they was going there to help and this happened.
James BlissMonday, December 02, 2013 8:32:31 AMSo sorry for the lose of a y oh officer. Prayers go out to his fellow troopers and his family. Trooper you shall be missed