Michigan State Trooper Dies After Rollover Crash 4-06-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Michigan State Trooper Dies After Rollover Crash 4-06-2011

Authorities say a Michigan State Police trooper has been killed in a rollover crash near Birch Run while on his way to help Saginaw County sheriff's deputies chase a motorist.
Trooper Jeffrey Werda, 43, from the Bridgeport post was responding to a call for backup when he crashed Wednesday in Saginaw County's Taymouth Township.
The single-vehicle crash occurred at about 1:30 a.m. on Birch Run Road west of Moorish Road.
A passer-by noticed the police cruiser in a drainage ditch and called 911. Werda was transported to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw, where he was pronounced dead.
"On behalf of the men and women of the Michigan State Police, I send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Trooper Jeffery Werda," said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police. "This is a great loss to our state police family, all of law enforcement and the citizens of Michigan."
The flag was lowered outside the Bridgeport post to half staff once Werda's death became known.
READ: Official MSP News Release On Trooper's Death
The chase began in the Chesaning area after authorities tried to stop a motorist for an equipment violation, and the motorist later was caught, according to police.
Police said Werda was a 10-year state police veteran who had worked at the Bridgeport post for about four years. He began his career at the Gladwin post.
Birch Run Road was closed for several hours as crews worked to clear the scene.
An accident reconstruction team was also called to the crash scene. A cause for the crash has yet to be determined, police said.
Werda was alone in his vehicle at the time of the crash. His funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Gladwin High School this Saturday.
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