Cop who died after crash was in separate crash less than hour earlier, police say

A Huntsville, Ala., police officer who died this week after crashing his patrol car last month was involved in a prior crash less than an hour earlier, according to reports.

Officer Keith Earle, 46, a 25-year veteran of the city's force, died Monday in a local hospital, a police spokesman said.

Earle had spent about two weeks in a hospital after colliding head-on with a Chevy SUV around 9:30 a.m. March 26, reported.

It was unclear whether his death was attributed to the crash or to another medical reason, WAAY-TV reported.

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