Connecticut trooper killed after rear ending slow moving big rig

Connecticut State Police say that one of their troopers was killed yesterday when he collided with a semi truck on I-84.

The crash happened just before 1 p.m. on eastbound I-84 at exit 68 in Tolland, according to WSFB. Police say that 49 year old trooper Kevin Miller was driving in the right hand lane of the interstate when he crashed into the rear end of a semi truck that was traveling at “a slower speed than the flow of traffic.”

Miller died as a result of injuries from the crash.

The truck driver, 58 year old Alabama resident Melvin Purvis, was not hurt in the crash.

Investigators are still working to determine why Miller rear ended the truck.

A stretch of I-84 east was closed for more than eight hours for clean up and investigation of the crash.

A group of Connecticut State Troopers led a motorcade to accompany Miller’s body to the medical examiner’s office around 4:30 yesterday.

Connecticut State Police issued a statement memorializing Miller:

TFC Miller was a member of the 108th Training Troop, graduating from the Connecticut State Police Academy on March 19, 1999. We are grateful for his dedicated service to the Connecticut State Police and the residents of Connecticut, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.