Tractor Trailer Accident

Tractor Trailer Accident in New York

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MORRIS -- State police say the first female trooper to die while on duty was driving a cruiser back to the Oneonta barracks from her assignment at a local school when she was killed in a collision.

Police say 31-year-old Trooper Jill Mattice was traveling east on State Route 23 when she collided with the westbound tractor-trailer around 2:50 p.m. Wednesday in the Otsego County town of Morris, 57 miles southeast of Syracuse.

Trooper Nelson Torres says it was a side-impact collision, but the wreck remains under investigation and no other details are being released before a 1:30 p.m. press conference Thursday.

The Cheektowaga native was a six-year veteran and had worked as a school resource officer the past 2 1/2 years.