State trooper dies in Beaver County crash


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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 commisioner 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.

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Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee. First Published October 4, 2012 4:15 AM


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