Ariz. Officer Killed in Crash With Tractor-Trailer

Officer Tim Huffman was inside his cruiser when a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of his vehicle.


An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer was killed after his cruiser was struck by a tractor-trailer Monday.

Officer Tim Huffman was writing a report in his cruiser in the shoulder of Interstate 8 near Yuma around 5 p.m. when the rig failed to yield and slammed into the back of his vehicle, according to The Republic.

The incident occurred as Huffman and two other officers investigated a previous crash.

The officers were working to shutting down a lane to make it easier for emergency vehicles to respond when the tractor-trailer quickly approached.

Orange cones were in place, the lights of three cruisers were activated and one officer stood in the lane waving at the oncoming truck, DPS spokesman Bart Graves told the newspaper.

The officer attempting to stop the rig jumped out of the way, narrowly missing being hit.

The truck then crashed into one parked cruiser before slamming into the vehicle occupied by the officer.

Officials said Huffman died on impact and was pronounced dead on the scene.

The 14-year veteran of the department worked out of the Yuma Officer his entire career.

Officials said Huffman was not married, but had family out of state.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Officer.com will provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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