http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Trooper-hit-and-killed-261121901.html Town of Chenango, NY (WBNG Binghamton) New York State Police announced the death of Trooper Christopher G. Skinner, 42, of Binghamton. According to state police, around noon Thursday, Trooper Skinner was outside his police car conducting a routine traffic stop on I-81 north, near exit 6, between Chenango Bridge and Castle Creek. He was struck by a passing vehicle and killed instantly, according to state police. The driver continued a short distance before stopping and running into the woods nearby. He was taken into custody at shortly after 1:00 p.m. following a search. According to the Broome County Sheriff's Office, two other cars were also hit on the highway near exit 6. Broome County Sheriff's deputies on the scene said a gray Nissan Altima and an Orange Pontiac Aztec were hit by the white truck. The truck then fled the scene, according to deputies. The Nissan was a rental car. This happened just before Trooper Skinner was hit. A state trooper on scene told Action News that it's "a tragic day." An Action News reporter on the scene said two helicopters responded to the search. Meanwhile, the highway will be shut down for the investigation. Interstate 81 northbound traffic will be diverted off exit 6 to U.S. Route 11 northbound and back on I-81 at exit 7. The Department of Transportation said there is no estimated time for the reopening of that portion of the highway. More information will be published as it becomes available.