Louisiana DPS Officer Dies in Crash

ALBANY, La. — A Department of Public Safety police officer has died in an accident on Interstate 12 near Albany.

Louisiana State Police Trooper Russell Graham says Cpl. John Kendall was headed east about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when he crossed the median and sideswiped an 18-wheeler before colliding with a westbound pickup truck. The Livingston Parish Coroner's Office pronounced him dead at the scene.

Graham says the pickup truck's driver suffered non-life threatening injuries. No one else was injured.

Graham says the 63-year-old officer was driving home after work Tuesday when the accident happened. He had worked as security for a state office building in downtown Baton Rouge.

Kendall was a retired state police sergeant from Troop L in Mandeville.

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