New Hampshire State Police confirmed that a trooper lost his life after his vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer early this morning.

The crash occurred around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Staff Sgt. Jesse Sherrill was working a construction detail on northbound I-95 north of Exit 3 as crews installed a rumble strip when his police cruiser was struck by a tractor trailer unit.

Sherrill was transported to a nearby hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.

The truck driver was also hospitalized but has since been released.

The identity of the truck driver has not been released.

“Staff Sergeant Sherrill was known as a ‘trooper’s trooper,’ a consummate, dedicated professional and a true family man,” said Colonel Nathan A. Noyes of the NH State Police. “For nearly 20 years, he served the State of New Hampshire with honor and pride.”

The investigation into the fatal crash is ongoing and there has been no announcement of charges filed at this time.

“The entire State of New Hampshire mourns the loss of Staff Sergeant Jesse Sherrill of the New Hampshire State Police today. In honor of his service to the Granite State I have directed flags to fly at half-staff, effective immediately and until sunset on Sunday, October 31, 2021,” said New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu.

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