Ligonier Township, PA - Pennsylvania State Trooper Michael Stewart was killed, and a second state trooper remains hospitalized, after an early morning crash with a garbage truck, according to CBS Local Pittsburgh.
The incident occurred on Friday, July 14, about 2:20 AM in the 3800 block of State Route 711, near the intersection with State Route 271, when the troopers' State Police SUV collided with a garbage truck. Pennsylvania State Police said that one person was trapped in one of the vehicles, but did not identify that person.
State Route between Wilpen Road and Deerfield Road, was closed after the crash.
The Pennsylvania State Police are conducting the investigation. The second trooper, who was not identified, is at a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The condition of the other driver is unknown.
Trooper Stewart, age 26, was assigned to the Greensburg Barracks, and had previously worked out of the Chambersburg Barracks. He joined the state police in January, 2014, and graduated with the 138th cadet class.
In a statement, Colonel Tyree Blocker, State Police Commissioner, said "My thoughts, and the thoughts of the entire department, are with the family of Trooper Stewart during this difficult time. Trooper Stewart served the commonwealth honorably, and we join all Pennsylvanians to mourn his passing."
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe said via social media:
"Frances and I are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Trooper Michael P. Stewart. We send our sincerest sympathies to his family."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Pennsylvania State Trooper Michael Stewart, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
Trooper Stewart, your life mattered.