A Maine state police at the scene of a broken down car died Wednesday after being hit by a lost truck wheel, officials said.
"Our hearts are broken at the loss of our brother Det. Ben Campbell, "Maine police wrote on Facebook. "Rest in peace, my brother, we have the watch."
The fatal incident occurred around 7:30 am on Interstate 95 in Hampden, the national police said in a separate letter.
THE ILLINOIS STATE TROPIER IS KILLED IN AN INCIDENT ACCIDENT, DEADING A 2nd DEATH IN 3 DAYS
"The soldier was out of his vehicle on the site of a disabled car along the Interstate and the other vehicle involved in the accident was a semitrailer," the spokesman said. post.
Campbell was occupying the broken down vehicle when two wheels came off a truck that was passing by, state police said, according to the Associated Press. One of those wheels fell on Campbell, said Maine Police Chief John Cote.
Campbell was transported to a hospital in Bangor, Maine, where he died, according to state police.
The driver of the truck involved was identified as Scott Willett, who parked after the steering wheel detachment, Cote said.
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Maine governor Janet Mills issued a statement on Twitter after the fatality that she ordered the US and Maine flags to be flown at half-time on Wednesday.
"On behalf of the people of Maine, I express our deep and unwavering gratitude for the services rendered by Detective Campbell," she wrote in Twitter. "Together, let's keep his family, friends and loved ones, as well as the entire community of Maine law enforcement, in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."
Associated Press contributed to this report.