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UPDATED: Trooper killed in Bradley Co. motorcycle crash

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BRADLEY COUNTY, TN. (WRCB) -- Police are investigating a motorcycle accident in Bradley County that claimed the life of an off-duty Tennessee State Trooper.

Sheriff's Spokesman Bob Gault says the wreck happened on Pleasant Grove Road around 4:45 PM.

State Representative Eric Watson tells Channel 3 Trooper Joe Snipes was killed in that crash. His wife, Sheila Snipes, was badly injured.

Gault says a truck from the county road department was entering a curve while traveling north, when it met a motorcycle carrying the trooper and his wife.

Gault says Trooper Snipes died as a result of his injuries, and his wife badly injured. She was flown to Erlanger for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

Family members tell Channel 3 Trooper Snipes was taking his wife to visit other family members while he attended a THP meeting.

"Trooper Joe Snipes was one of the most honest and just men in law enforcement," Representative Watson says. "He was truly one of the good guys and he will be greatly missed in the State of Tennessee and right here in Bradley County."

From their Twitter account, the Bradley County Sheriff's Office said, "You will never know when the Lord will need to call you home. To our fallen Brother Officer, you will be missed!"

Gault says speed, drugs, or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash.

Watson says the trooper was long-term law enforcement officer, who was highly regarded at state and local levels.

Funeral arrangements have not been set for Trooper Snipes. Representatives Watson and Brooks have called for a moment of silence Friday morning at 9:57 across their Legislative Districts.  The time was selected to honor Trooper badge number 957: Joe Snipes.

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