Connecticut State Police say a trooper killed in a highway crash rear-ended a slow-moving tractor-trailer in the right lane. Trooper 1st Class Kevin Miller died Thursday on Interstate 84 eastbound in Tolland. The truck driver, Melvin Purvis, of Wadley, Alabama, was not injured. Authorities say Purvis was driving in the right lane slower than the traffic flow when his truck was struck by Miller’s cruiser. It’s not clear why Miller crashed into the rear of the truck and the cause remains under investigation.
Emergency responders lined the highway Thursday to pay their respects to Miller as his body was driven nearly 30 miles to the medical examiner’s office in Farmington. Connecticut State Trooper Kevin Miller, a 19-year member of the state police and a father of two, was killed in a crash Thursday on I-84. A procession of state troopers were heading to the scene of the crash about 4:30 p.m. to retrieve Miller’s body to bring him back to pay honors to their fallen brother at Troop C. The procession then traveled down I-84 to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Farmington.
MVA ALERT: #TollandFire is on scene of a very serious MVA on #I84 between X68 & X69. Eastbound is closed between X68 & #69 for extended period of time. Tractor trailers & trucks to use RT195 south to RT32 north & passenger vehicles are to use RT195 north to RT74 east.
— Tolland Alert (@TollandAlert) March 29, 2018
Dozens of cruisers with lights flashing retrieved Miller’s body from the accident scene Thursday evening and brought it back to Troop C for a brief memorial service. The service ended with a trooper announcing “end of watch, gone but not forgotten” before the procession left for Farmington around 5:30 p.m. “We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the tragic loss of Trooper First Class Miller – a man who dedicated his life to serving the people of Connecticut,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said. Malloy set flags to half-staff.