JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The National Highway Safety Administration
will inspect the 2003 Ford Crown Victoria that burst into flames last
month, killing a highway patrol trooper.
Inspectors will conduct the car autopsy of the vehicle driven by
Trooper Michael Newton on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Missouri State
Highway Patrol's garage located behind Troop F headquarters in
Newton, 25, was making a traffic stop on Interstate 70 near Odessa on
May 22 and was killed when his car was rear-ended by a truck and he
became trapped inside the burning vehicle.
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Police departments have alleged the Crown Victoria is prone to catch
fire when struck from behind at high speed. At least a dozen other
officers in the country have been killed in fiery crashes in Crown
Victorias since 1983. But Missouri State Highway Patrol officials
said Newton's car was a 2003 and had new gas tank modifications in