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Comfort -- A Texas Highway Patrol trooper died Sunday when another vehicle hit his squad car after he lost control and veered into oncoming traffic, officials said.
Trooper Kurt David Knapp, 28, was driving eastbound on Interstate 10 near Comfort early today when he entered the median, lost control and skidded into the westbound lanes, Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Lisa Block said.
A car driven by Donna Wilkerson of Junction hit the passenger side of Knapp's patrol car.
Wilkerson, 47, and her passenger, 55-year-old Leonard Wilkerson of Junction, were taken to University Hospital in San Antonio, Block said. She did not know their relationship.
Both were listed in serious condition this morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Block did not know if anyone else was in the car with the Wilkersons.
Comfort is about 20 miles southeast of Kerrville and 50 miles northwest of San Antonio.
Knapp joined the Department of Public Safety in October 1998. Survivors include his wife, a son and a daughter.
He is the 77th Texas DPS officer to die in the line of duty.
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