LIGONIER TOWNSHIP, WESTMORELAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- Across the Commonwealth, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner, Colonel Tyree C. Blocker announced the death of a state trooper this morning.
26-year-old Trooper Michael P. Stewart died from injuries he received in a two-vehicle crash around 2:30 a.m. in Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County.
Stewart was one of two troopers travelling on State Route 711 when the trash occurred. The second trooper was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. 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,” says Blocker. “Trooper Stewart served the commonwealth honorably, and we all join all Pennsylvanians to mourn his passing.”
Trooper Stewart in listed in the PSP in January 2016.
Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement regarding the death of Trooper Stewart:
“Frances and I were deeply saddened to learn 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 woman and men of the Pennsylvania State Police.