Police Officer Killed In The Line Of Duty

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The chief of a small Louisville-area police department has died after an accident on the Gene Snyder Freeway in east Louisville.

The wreck happened near La Grange Road at about 2 p.m. EDT Monday.

Louisville police spokesman Phil Russell says a box truck hit a police vehicle from the Forest Hills Police Department. The vehicle was parked near a construction site with its emergency lights on to protect a crew working on the freeway. Three construction workers were injured.

The officer killed was Forest Hills Police Chief Randy Wells, 67, Jefferson County Deputy Coroner R.D. Jones told The Courier-Journal.

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A horrible scene unfolding this afternoon, as a police officer is killed in the line of duty.

The officer was in his cruiser parked near a construction site on the Gene Snyder Freeway in Jefferson County, when a box truck slammed into him.

Police say the cruiser did have its emergency lights on, and was there to protect construction crews working in the area.

Three construction crews were hurt.

They're not identifying the officer killed, or saying where he's from, other than indicating he's from a small town near Louisville.

The Gene Snyder Freeway is closed, and will be for a few more hours.

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