NFL ref dies driving home to St. Charles County after working Chiefs-Titans game

Carl Madsen
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WELDON SPRING, Mo. (KMOX) - Veteran NFL referee Carl Madsen died on his way home on Sunday after working the the Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans game in Nashville. He was 71.

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The Metro Nashville Police Department was called to the scene of a stalled SUV on Interstate 65 around 4:46 p.m. Sunday. Police say officers broke open a window, removed Madsen from the vehicle and performed chest compressions until the fire department arrived. He was taken to a nearby hospital and was pronounced dead.

Madsen was in his 12th year as a replay official this season, tied the most experienced of the NFL's 17 replay officials. He also spent 12 seasons as an on-field official from 1997 to 2008.

Madsen served in the U.S. Air Force from 1973-76.

The cause of his death was not announced.

"Carl Madsen was an NFL officiating fixture for more than two decades, first as a highly respected on-field official before transitioning to a replay role beginning in 2009," NFL senior VP of officiating training and development Walt Anderson