Trooper killed in Bradley County wreck

Arkansas-Ole Miss Live Blog

A 47-year-old Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper died in an off-duty crash today off APD 40 in Cleveland, Tennessee Highway Patrol spokeswoman Dalya Qualls said.

Trooper Joe Snipes was driving a motorcycle with his wife when his motorcycle and a county utility truck crashed on Pleasant Grove Road near the Premiere Theaters, authorities said.

The call reporting the crash came in to Bradley County dispatch at 4:45 p.m., Bradley County Sheriff's Office spokesman Bob Gault said.

Gault said Snipes's wife was airlifted to Erlanger hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. The truck driver went to SkyRidge Medical Center for a check-up, but the driver did not appear to be injured, Gault said.

The truck driver, who was driving a Bradley County Road Department utility truck, was coming around a curve about 500 feet from the driver's final destination when the truck collided with the motorcycle.