SEPTEMBER 28, 2006 -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol has identified the two troopers killed in Thursday's crash in southeastern Ohio.
Officials say 45-year-old Sergeant Dale Holcomb was a 21-year veteran, and 29-year-old Trooper Joshua Risner had been with the patrol seven years. They died along with another motorist, identified as 32-year-old Lori Smith of Vinton.
State Highway Patrol superintendent Colonel Paul McClellan calls the crash "an extremely tragic event." The accident happened just before 6 a-m at an intersection outside Gallipolis in Gallia County. At a late morning news conference, Highway Patrol officials would not shed much light on how the crash occurred, other than to say the investigation is ongoing.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a lack of witnesses and badly burned wreckage are hampering their investigation. The patrol says it is reviewing its tape to see if the officers were responding to a call at the time of the accident.
Highway Patrol superintendent Colonel Paul McClellan calls the
crash "an extremely tragic event."