Funeral arrangements planned for Trooper killed in crash

UPDATE: Funeral arrangements have been announced for a Pennsylvania State Police trooper killed when his marked cruiser collided with a garbage truck.

Twenty-six-year-old Trooper Michael Stewart was killed Friday about 2:20 a.m. on Route 711 near Ligonier.

Stewart's body can be viewed Sunday and Monday at the Lopatich Funeral Home in Latrobe, where the Fraternal Order of Police will also hold a memorial service Monday at 7 p.m.

Stewart's funeral will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Latrobe. Details of the funeral procession to follow were still being determined Saturday.

Stewart died at the scene.

Police say the crash was still being investigated, and police haven't determined who was at fault.

Stewart's partner suffered a concussion in the crash. The garbage truck driver wasn't hurt.

A Pennsylvania State Trooper has died, and another injured, following an early morning collision with a garbage truck.

Police say 26-year-old Trooper Michael Stewart died in the line of duty around 2:30 AM from injuries received during the two-vehicle crash.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, Trooper Stewart and another trooper were traveling on State Route 711 near State Route 271 in Westmoreland County when the patrol car collided with a garbage truck.

The second trooper was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Trooper Stewart was assigned to the patrol unit in Greensburg, but had previously been assigned to Troop H, in Chambersburg, according to a State Police release.

The state police commissioner, Col. Tyree Blocker said in a statement Friday that Trooper Stewart “served the Commonwealth honorably, and we join all Pennsylvanians to mourn his passing”.

Governor Tom Wolfe also responding to Trooper Stewart’s passing say his “tragic death is a reminder of the selfless sacrifice made each day by every state trooper and their families.”

The current condition of the second trooper is unknown at this time. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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