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New York Trooper Dies after Being Struck by Vehicle

CHENANGO BRIDGE, N.Y. (AP) - State police say a trooper has died after being hit by a vehicle on Interstate 81 north of Binghamton and the driver is in custody.

The incident happened on I-81 northbound between exits 6 and 7 in southern New York near the Pennsylvania line. State Police say around noon Thursday, Trooper Christopher Skinner was outside his marked State Police car conducting a vehicle and traffic stop on I-81 north of exit 6, between Chenango Bridge and Castle Creek, Broome County, when he was struck by a passing vehicle. Trooper Skinner was killed instantly.

The driver continued on a short distance before stopping and running into nearby woods. The operator was taken into custody shortly after 1:00 p.m. following a search. Trooper Skinner was a 13 year veteran of the New York State Police. He worked in Troops C, E and G. He was assigned to the TIM detail in June 2008.

Trooper Skinner is from Binghamton, NY and is survived by his mother, Sharyn, brother, Shawn, fiancé, Surrena, and two children, 15-year-old Kyle and 12-year-old Erin. Trooper Skinner was 42 years old.

Broome County Emergency Management says traffic is being detoured onto U.S. Route 11. Officials say it isn't known how long the highway will be closed.

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