Thursday, October 4, 2012

State Trooper, 48, killed in collision with semi-truck in Beaver County

Trooper Blake T. Coble
State Trooper, 48, killed in collision with semi-truck

A Pennsylvania State Trooper was killed in a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning in Beaver County.

According to police, a semi-truck collided with the trooper's cruiser just after 10 a.m. near the intersection of Route 168 and Blackhawk Road in South Beaver Township.

Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz reported that Trooper Blake T. Coble was taken to Beaver County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Marcinkiewicz reported that Coble was a 20 year veteran of the force who was married with two kids.

State police commissioner Frank Noonan released a statement saying, "It is with a very heavy heart and a deep sense of sadness that I announce the tragic death of Trooper First Class Blake T. Coble of Troop D, Beaver Station."

Trooper Coble, age 48, had been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police since Nov. 1, 1988.

Trooper Coble has two children and his wife, Brenda, is a Police Communications Operator at Troop D, Beaver Station.

His untimely death left two children without a father and a wife without her husband, plus countless friends and family members grieving.  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."

Coble was the 94th member of Pennsylvania state police to be killed in the line of duty.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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