Va. state trooper dies after crash

      Sgt. J. Michael Phillippi. Photo: Virginia State Police

      RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A trooper with the Virginia State Police has died while on duty.

      Agency spokeswoman Corinne Geller says a rescue crew on Saturday found 65-year-old Sgt. J. Michael Phillippi still seated inside a Chevrolet Impala. The car had crashed into a road sign, crossed the highway and hit an embankment.

      The accident occurred on Route 57 near Route 9728 around 2:30 a.m.

      Phillippi was working an overnight supervisory shift. He was taken to Martinsville Memorial Hospital, where he died a short time later.

      Geller says minimal damage to the car suggests that it wasn't traveling at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred.

      Phillippi's body has been sent to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke for an autopsy.

      State police are investigating the accident.