PHILADELPHIA, PHILADELPHIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The two Pennsylvania State Troopers who were among three people killed in a crash along I-95 Monday morning have been identified.
The crash happened just before 1:00 a.m. near the Broad Street exit in South Philadelphia. According to officials, Trooper Martin F. Mack III, 33 and Trooper Branden T. Sisca, 29 were helping a man who was walking on I-95 South.
As the troopers were helping the man into the back of the cruiser a female driving past the scene fatally struck all three and the cruiser and remained at the scene.
“Mack enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in November 2014 and graduated as a member of the 141st cadet class. Sisca enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in February 2021 and graduated as a member of the 161st cadet class. Both troopers spent their entire careers assigned to the Patrol Section of Troop K, Philadelphia,” state police said in a press release.
An escort was provided for the fallen troopers as they were taken to the medical examiner’s office. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
“This tragedy is a reminder that our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day, and we Pennsylvanians are grateful for the men and women who protect us and our communities. Frances and I are praying for the loved ones of these courageous troopers, the civilian they were assisting and for the Pennsylvania State Police,” Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement.
In honor of the fallen troopers, Governor Tom Wolf ordered the commonwealth flag on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings, and grounds to fly at half-staff until sunset on Friday, March 25, 2022. The flag will also fly at half-staff on the days of their funerals which have not yet been announced. The United States flag is to remain at full-staff through this tribute.