Crash Claimed Trooper's WIfe

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Alabama State Trooper Chuck Gilliland arrived to find his wife, Billie Gilliland, 38, and another motorist, Keith Gresham, 39, of Meridian, both dead at the scene on Alabama Highway 10 near the Mississippi line.

Authorities say Gilliland left when other officers arrived and spent the day mourning with friends.

According to a witness and physical evidence at the scene, authorities say a blue utility pickup truck with Mississippi license plates heading east was trying to pass a large van when it crossed the center line and hit Billie Gilliland's white truck head on.

There were no passengers in the cars.