Missouri state trooper dies in storm-related accident

EUREKA, Mo. | A Missouri state trooper has died after being struck while working an accident on icy Interstate 44 southwest of St. Louis.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the trooper as 49-year-old Patrolman Dennis Engelhard, a 10-year veteran from Wildwood.

Patrol spokesman Sgt. Al Nothum told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Engelhard was struck Friday by a sport utility vehicle that lost control on westbound I-44 near Eureka.

Nothum says Engelhard had been working a minor accident and was hit while walking back to his patrol car to retrieve something.

Icy conditions led to dozens of accidents in eastern Missouri on Friday. Nothum says the SUV driver's loss of control appears to have been weather-related and is being treated as an accident.