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.
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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.