Tenn. Trooper on Motorcycle Killed in Crash

SMYRNA, Tenn. --

A 36-year-old Tennessee state trooper has died of injuries he suffered in a Saturday crash in Smyrna, according to the highway patrol.

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Trooper Andy Wall died shortly after being transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Wall and Trooper Buddy Head were riding their THP motorcycles on Sam Ridley Parkway in front of Stonecrest Hospital in Smyrna. The two motor patrol units were escorting U.S. Air Force Thunderbird pilots to an air show.

A crash occurred around 2 p.m. involving three vehicles and the two state troopers.

The accident remains under investigation.

Trooper Wall was assigned to the THP Nashville District and worked primarily out of Dickson County with the Motorcycle Unit. He graduated from the THP Training Academy in 2004. His father, Tom Wall, is a former sheriff of Dickson County.

"We have lost one of Tennessee's finest in a tragic accident. I urge Tennesseans to keep his family in their thoughts and prayers," said Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons in a news release.

"We are all saddened by Trooper Wall's death today," said Lt. Col. Case Cunningham, Thunderbirds commander and leader in a news release. "We hold a deep respect and appreciation for local law enforcement professionals, and our thoughts and prayers are with Trooper Wall's family and his fellow state troopers."

Head was transported to Stonecrest Hospital and was treated and released with minor injuries.

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