The Latest: Erratic driver blamed for deadly trooper crash

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Posted: Dec 06, 2016 3:08 PM
The Latest: Erratic driver blamed for deadly trooper crash

MILLVILLE, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a New Jersey state trooper in a head-on car crash (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

A New Jersey state trooper killed in a car crash was responding to an emergency call about an erratic driver when that driver crossed a grassy highway median and slammed into his marked cruiser head-on.

Authorities say rookie Trooper Frankie Williams died in the violent wreck Monday night. The driver of the other car also was killed.

The crash left debris and the mangled cars scattered on Route 55 in Millville.

Police say Elmer resident Lloyd Rudley was traveling south in a Toyota Corolla and crossed into the northbound lanes. They're trying to figure out why.

The trooper was flown to a hospital in Camden, where he was pronounced dead. He was 31 years old and was recently married. State police say they've "suffered a terrible loss."

The other driver died at the scene.

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1:30 a.m.

A New Jersey state trooper who was injured in a head-on crash has died.

The crash happened Monday night in Millville.

State police say a man traveling southbound on a New Jersey highway crossed the grass median, entered the northbound lanes and crashed into the state trooper's vehicle.

Trooper Frankie Williams was responding to a call at the time of the collision.

State police say the unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene. The 31-year-old Williams was flown to a hospital, where he later died.

The crash remains under investigation.

State police say Williams was a member of the 156th State Police Class, which graduated in January.