Trooper dies from motorcycle accident injuries

NASHVILLE (WVLT) - A Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper has died as a result of a Saturday traffic accident, according to Col. Tracy Trott of the THP.

Col. Trott said Trooper Andy Wall, 36, was killed on duty Saturday in a traffic accident shortly after being transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Trooper Wall and Trooper Buddy Head were riding their THP motorcycles on Sam Ridley Parkway in front of Stonecrest Hospital in Smyrna. The two motor patrol units were escorting U.S. Air Force Thunderbird pilots to an air show.

Just before 2:00 p.m., a crash occurred involving three vehicles and the two state troopers. Both Trooper Wall and Trooper Head were injured in the accident. No civilians were injured in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation and no further information is available for release at this time.

Trooper Wall was assigned to the THP Nashville District and worked primarily out of Dickson County with the Motorcycle Unit. He graduated from the THP Training Academy in 2004. His father, Tom Wall, is a former sheriff of Dickson County.

Trooper Wall leaves his parents, a sister, and girlfriend. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later.

“I am saddened by the loss of Trooper Wall. He was a fine state trooper who was dedicated to serving and protecting others. Tonight, the entire THP family mourns his loss,” said Col. Trott.

"We have lost one of Tennessee's finest in a tragic accident. I urge Tennesseans to keep his family in their thoughts and prayers," said Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons.

"We are all saddened by Trooper Wall's death today," said Lt. Col. Case Cunningham, Thunderbirds commander and leader. "We hold a deep respect and appreciation for local law enforcement professionals, and our thoughts and prayers are with Trooper Wall's family and his fellow state troopers."

Trooper Head was transported to Stonecrest Hospital and was treated and released with minor injuries.

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