Beaver County PA state trooper killed in tractor-trailer accident

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported yesterday that it lost one of its own in a fatal collision (link to the full article) . We are very sad to hear that the state trooper was killed yesterday morning when his patrol car was struck by a tractor-trailer. State police indicated that the tractor-trailer failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into the trooper’s car. No criminal charges have been made. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writers Moriah Balingit and Torsten Ove cited authorities as indicating that the accident was first reported around 10:00 AM on Thursday. The crash occurred on Black Hawk Road in South Beaver. A statement from the commissioner noted that the trooper was married and had two children. Yesterday’s crash marked the 94th member of state police to be killed in the line of duty.

State trooper dies in Beaver County crash

A Pennsylvania state trooper was killed this morning after a patrol car collided with a semi-truck in Beaver County.

Beaver County dispatch said the accident was reported at 10 a.m. at Black Hawk Road near Route 168 in South Beaver. Coroner Teri Tatalovich-Rossi said the trooper was taken to Heritage Valley Beaver hospital and pronounced dead.

State police identified the trooper as Blake T. Coble, 47.

State police commissioner Frank Noonan said Trooper Coble was on patrol when the crash occurred.

State police said Trooper Coble’s patrol car was struck by the tractor-trailer when the driver went through a stop sign at the intersection. No charges have been filed against the driver of the truck, who has been cooperating with investigators, state police said.

Trooper Coble was married and father of two children. His wife, Brenda, is a police communications operator at Troop D, Beaver.

“His untimely death left two children without a father and a wife without her husband, plus countless friends and family members grieving,” Commissioner Noonan said in a statement. “He died serving the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the men and women of the Pennsylvania State Police mourn his loss and extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends.”

Trooper Coble is the 94th member of the state police to be killed in the line of duty.

Gov. Tom Corbett ordered Pennsylvania flags at state offices in Beaver County and at the Capitol in Harrisburg to fly at half-staff in Trooper Coble’s memory.

Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee.

First published on October 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

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