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DPS Officer Tim Huffman Killed After Patrol Vehicle Struck By Tractor Trailer

Jonathan V. O'Steen

May 7, 2013

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Yuma, Arizona—Tim Huffman, a 14-year veteran of the Department of Public Safety, was killed yesterday after a tractor-trailer collided with the back of his patrol vehicle.

Officer Huffman was in his patrol vehicle on the shoulder of Interstate 8 and completing a report for an accident he was investigating when the tractor-trailer failed to yield and slammed into his vehicle.

DPS officers were shutting down the lane to allow access to emergency vehicles responding to the first accident. Orange cones had been placed, overhead lights for three patrol vehicles were activated, and an officer stood in the lane waving at the oncoming truck. In spite of these warnings, the truck driver made no attempt to brake or take evasive action before colliding at a high rate of speed with the patrol.

It is unknown if impairment or driver fatigue played a role in the crash.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Officer Huffman at this time of great loss for them.

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