Pennsylvania State Police sadly report the death of Trooper Michael Stewart. He was killed in a vehicle crash on Route 711, at the Route 271 split, in Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County, at approximately 2:20 a.m. Friday.

His patrol SUV was traveling southbound when a garbage truck attempted to turn left onto the roadway in front of it, causing a collision. Trooper Stewart suffered fatal injuries in the crash, while his partner suffered minor injuries.

Stewart had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for three years, according to ODMP. He became the 98th member of the state police to be killed in the line of duty, reported pennlive.com.

The statement from Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Colonel Tyree C. Blocker reads as follows:

Stewart was one of two troopers in a marked patrol vehicle traveling on State Route 711 near State Route 271 in Ligonier Township when the crash occurred around 2:20 a.m. this morning.

The second trooper was transported to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening.

The crash remains under investigation.

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.

Stewart enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in January 2014. A graduate of the 138th cadet class, he had been assigned to the Patrol Unit in Troop A, Greensburg since August 29, 2015. He had previously been assigned to Troop H, Chambersburg.

Trooper Michael Stewart is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: July 14, 2017.

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