A 27-year-old Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Trooper died in a one-vehicle crash on Saturday night in Lamar County.
In a press release, officials said that at about 11 p.m. Saturday, Trooper Jeffrey Nichols was driving westbound on Farm-to-Market Road 38, about half of mile north of County Road 35450, when he lost control of his patrol car and crashed into a tree. Nichols died at the scene.
"DPS and the State of Texas have lost one of our finest in the line of duty," DPS Director Steven McCraw said.
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Trooper Nichols joined DPS in August of 2011 and was stationed in Paris.
Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash.