A Maine State trooper who had stopped to tend to a disabled vehicle died on Wednesday in a freak accident along Interstate 95.
Detective Ben Campbell, 31, a nine-year veteran of the Maine State Police, was struck and killed by a stray truck wheel that had come loose from a passing big rig.
According to ODMP (Officer Down Memorial Page), “He came across a vehicle that had slid off the interstate due to inclement weather and stopped to provide assistance.
“As he was standing outside of his department vehicle two wheels of a passing logging truck separated from the vehicle. One of the wheels struck Detective Campbell.”
The Maine State Police issued a sad and grief-filled statement after the incident:
“Our hearts are broken at the loss of our brother Det. Ben Campbell. Thank you all for your support on this terrible day. The kind words we have received bring us comfort. Rest in Peace, brother. We have the watch.”
The State Police also issued a statement reporting the tragedy:
According to the accident report, Detective Ben Cooper was outside of his vehicle along the interstate after responding to a crash that involved the disabled car and a big rig. That's when tragedy struck.
According to the statement, “The trooper was rushed by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where he died.”
In a poignant display, the State Police posted a photo of the escort given Detective Campell as his body was moved from the hospital in Bangor to the Augusta Medical Examiner’s office.
“Detective Campbell had served with the Maine State Police for nine years and was assigned to the Polygraph Unit. He is survived by his wife and 6-month-old son.”
Rest in peace, Detective Campbell and thank you for your service. We will pray for your family during this terrible time.