Ohio highway trooper dies in crash, colleague hurt

February 5, 2010 5:16:28 AM PST
An Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser responding to a call has rolled over on the side of a roadway, killing one trooper and injuring another. The crash occurred Thursday evening just outside Carey, a village of about 4,000 residents in the northwest part of the state.

Police say Trooper Andrew C. Baldridge was driving with Trooper Mark McLaughlin to respond to an aid call from a Wyandot County sheriff's deputy when their car went off the right side of the roadway and rolled several times. They say both troopers appear to have been wearing seat belts.

Baldridge died in the crash. The 25-year-old had graduated from the highway patrol academy in December.

McLaughlin was injured and was hospitalized in fair condition. The 33-year-old is a highway patrol veteran.