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Kentucky State Police identify trooper killed in vehicle crash in LaRue County

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Sgt. David Gibbs (Source: Kentucky State Police) Sgt. David Gibbs (Source: Kentucky State Police)
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Authorities have identified a Kentucky State Police trooper who was killed in a crash in LaRue County Friday morning.

That trooper has been identified as Sgt. David Gibbs, according to Kentucky State Police.

Police say the accident took place just before 6:30 a.m. on KY Hwy. 210 (also known as Campbellsville Road), near the Buffalo area, just before the Green County line.

According to a news release, Gibbs was driving a Kentucky State Police 2010 Ford Crown Victoria Cruiser westbound on KY Hwy. 210 when he lost control of his vehicle in a sharp, rain-soaked curve. The vehicle traveled into the oncoming lane, where it was hit by a 2015 white Jeep driven by a 63-year-old man from Louisville.

Gibbs was pronounced dead at the scene by the LaRue County Coroner's Office. The man in the Jeep was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Weather is considered to by a contributing factor in the collision, according to Kentucky State Police.

Kentucky Route 210 remains closed at this time, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. A detour is in effect via KY 1192 and East Bailey Road. It is not known how long the closure will remain in effect.

Trooper Kendra Wilson, a Kentucky State Police spokeswoman, teared up while briefing the media at the scene Friday afternoon.

"When you get the call that one of your own has been hurt, or killed, you just stop," she said. "You just have to stop and pause for a minute. It’s very emotional. We love one another. We’re a community. We’re a family – and we take any loss within that family very personal."

"Don’t make me cry," she said, tearing up. "I’ve cried all morning. Don’t make me cry on film.”

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