State trooper killed in off-duty accident remembered

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CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Police officers across the state are mourning the loss of one of their own.

We're learning more about a Kentucky State trooper killed in a crash. As we told you as breaking news Tuesday night at 11 police say Trooper Anson "Blake" Tribby, 25, crashed his pickup into a tow truck on I-64 in Clark County.

Flags at KSP Post 8 in Morehead where Trooper Tribby was a 2.5 year veteran...were flying at half-staff Wednesday in memory of the Mason County native.

"In any law enforcement agency it's like one big family and Trooper Tribby was our brother, we will miss him dearly," said Master Trooper Joe Veeneman.

The crash happened in the eastbound lanes around 7 p.m. Tuesday, shortly after another crash involving a car that was on fire in the westbound lanes.

Police say Tribby was off duty at the time, and was in his personal vehicle, a 1999 Toyota pickup truck. Kentucky State Police say he ran into a flatbed wrecker operated by John Masterson, age 54, of Winchester, KY.

Trooper Tribby was pronounced dead at the scene by the Clark County Coroner. Masterson was not seriously injured.

Friends and neighbors of Tribby in Mt. Sterling where he lived with his wife, Rebecca, were shocked and saddened by the news.

"My heart is broken," said Joann Powell. "It's just devastating, he was such a wonderful man and we will miss him more than I can say in words."

The crash remains under investigation. State Police tell WKYT that Tribby came from a law enforcement family. His father had recently retired as a detective from the Commonwealth Attorney's Office in his native Mason County.

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