Fatal Accident
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A State Police Trooper is dead after a crash that also left his partner injured. It happened in Ligonier Township, at the intersection of route 711 and 271, that is located at the bottom of Ligonier Mountain. Police have identified him as 26-year-old Michael Stewart. He was killed after his cruiser collided with a garbage truck. His partner was taken to the hospital with injuries. "He has 4000+ brothers and sisters that will miss him." An emotional day for state troopers. Trooper Michael Stewart, 26, one week shy of his 27th birthday, his police family remembering him as a big guy with a big heart. "It is a very sad state of affairs for our community, especially for his family." His death was ruled accidental by the coroner's office. It happened early Friday morning in Ligonier Township. Stewart and his partner were traveling south on state route 711 when a garbage truck pulled out of a parking lot, while attempting to make a left-hand turn. Trooper Stewart's vehicle reportedly collided with the driver's side of the truck. That driver was uninjured. He is reportedly speaking with authorities. The second trooper identified was Trooper November. He was flown to the hospital and suffered a concussion. Trooper Stewart's death marks the 98th police officer to line of duty in Pennsylvania. The last time an officer died in the Greensburg barracks was 1985. He has the eighth member of the Greensburg barracks to be killed in the line of duty. "You go to your next station and he should have done that and got to come back home to the station now we don't have him anymore."