Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Dies in One-Vehicle Crash

The exact cause of the crash is under investigation

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.

Trooper Nichols joined DPS in August of 2011 and was stationed in Paris.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash.

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