AUGUSTA — Speaker Sara Gideon issued the following statement on the passing of Detective Benjamin Campbell, who was killed in the line of duty this morning.

“On behalf of all of my colleagues in the Maine House of Representatives, I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Detective Benjamin Campbell, and to the men and women of the Maine State Police. The people of Maine are forever grateful to those who serve and protect our communities every single day, and my thoughts are with all of them on this difficult day.”

Detective Campbell, a seven-year veteran of the Maine State Police, was struck and killed this morning in a crash on Interstate 95 in Hampden.