Ligonier Twp., Westmoreland County, Pa. - A Pennsylvania State Trooper was killed early Friday morning after his patrol vehicle collided with a garbage truck.
The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. along State Route 711, near the intersection of State Route 711. Authorities say Trooper Michael P. Stewart, 26, was one of two troopers in a marked patrol vehicle when the crash occurred. The second trooper was transported to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening.
According to State Police, Trooper Stewart enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in January 2014. He was assigned to Patrol Unit Troop A, Greensburg since August 2015, He had previously been assigned to Troop H, Chambersburg.
"My thoughts, and the thoughts of the entire department, are with the family of Trooper Stewart during this difficult time," said Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker. "Trooper Stewart served the commonwealth honorably, and we join all Pennsylvanians to mourn his passing."
Governor Tom Wolf also offered his condolences, "Frances and I were deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Pennsylvania State Trooper Michael P. Stewart. This young trooper's tragic death is a reminder of the selfless sacrifice made each day by every state trooper and their families. He served his fellow Pennsylvanians, his troop and our Commonwealth with honor and integrity. We join all Pennsylvanians in mourning his loss, and send our sincerest sympathies, thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and all the women and men of the Pennsylvania State Police.”