A Kentucky State Police trooper assigned to the Morehead post was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 64 in Clark County on Tuesday.
Trooper Anson B. Tribby, 25, was pronounced dead at the accident scene by Clark County Coroner Robert Gayheart.
The accident occurred about 7:30 p.m. Tribby was off duty at the time and traveling eastbound on I-64 in his 1999 Toyota pickup, according to a news release from the Morehead post. His vehicle collided with a flatbed wrecker driven by John Masterson, 54, of Winchester.
The KSP was assisted at the accident scene by the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, Clark County Fire and Rescue and the Kentucky Incident Management Team. The collision remains under investigation.
Tribby was a 2 1⁄2-year veteran of the KSP and a resident of Mount Sterling. He had spent his entire career at the Morehead post, according to Sgt. Rick Saint-Blanchard of the KSP’s Public Affairs Branch in Frankfort.
Saint-Blanchard called Tribby’s death “a tremendous loss felt by his peers, his entire family in gray and, obviously, his own family.
“You can replace the position, but the individual can never be replaced,” he said. “Every unit we have brings a unique skill set and personality to the table.”
Saint-Blanchard said Wednesday he had not received word about Tribby’s funeral arrangements.
Tribby’s death was the first in the KSP ranks since Dec. 12, 2006, when Trooper Jonathan Leonard, 28, of the Pikeville post, was killed in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 119 in Sidney.
In recognition of Leonard’s service, the Pike County Fiscal Court passed a resolution designating Ky. 468 as Trooper Jonathan K. Leonard Highway in June 2008.
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