Maine State Trooper Dies After Being Struck By Falling Tires

Maine State Police said a trooper was struck and killed Wednesday morning in a crash on Interstate 95 in Hampden.

The crash took place south of the Coldbrook Road overpass just after 7:30 a.m.

Col. John Cote said Detective Ben Campbell, 31, stopped to help a disabled vehicle when a loaded logging truck passed and two tires came off the truck.

Cote said Campbell was outside of his cruiser when one of the tires hit him.

Campbell was rushed to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he died.

Cote said the driver of the truck stopped and a blood test was performed on the driver, which is standard for deadly crashes.

The crash remains under investigation.

A procession will take Campbell’s body from Bangor to the medical examiner’s office in Augusta Wednesday evening, Cote said.

Campbell joined Maine State Police in 2012 as a trooper. He was promoted to detective in 2017 and was a member of the polygraph unit.

“We’ve lost one of our very best. We’ve certainly lost one of Maine’s very best, Cote said.

According to WMTW, Campbell lived in Millinocket. He leaves behind his wife, Hillary, and 6-month-old son, Everett. He grew up in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

Campbell would have turned 32 on Monday, Cote said.

“Our job now is to take care of the family,” Cote said.

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