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Motorcade honors Wash. trooper killed in crash

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — As many as 150 police cruisers participated today in a motorcade honoring a Washington State Patrol trooper killed in a motorcycle crash last week.

Trooper Sean O’Connell died Friday after his motorcycle collided with a box truck. The 38-year-old had been working traffic control related to a detour established after the collapse of a section of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The motorcade carrying the trooper’s body traveled from Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon to a funeral home in downtown Everett. Firefighters and motorcyclists waving American flags lined overpasses along the way.

O’Connell was a 16-year veteran of the state patrol.