A jury in Jackson County says Ford did nothing wrong in a fiery crash and death of a Missorui State Highway Patrol officer two years ago and the Highway Patrol seems to agree. In May of 2003, Trooper Michael Newton died after his Ford Crown Victoria patrol car was struck from behind and burst into flames as he was parked along Interstate 70 in western Missouri. The jury said Ford was not liable for any damages in that accident. Patrol Spokesman Captain Chris Ricks says the Patrol still has confidence in the Crown Vics, the overwhelming vehicle of choice by the Patrol. And he says troopers are not too concerned this could happen again. Nonetheless, Ricks does say the Patrol has changed how it stacks things in the patrol car trunks to minimize the chances of a gas tank rupture.
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