New Castle soldier dies in Texas traffic accident

| Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 4:24 p.m.

A soldier from New Castle died of injuries suffered in a traffic accident in Texas, according to officials at Fort Hood.

Sgt. Sean McGregor Vanderwal, 25, died Sunday at the scene of a two-vehicle crash near Georgetown.

Vanderwal was a graduate of Neshannock Junior/Senior High School and California University of Pennsylvania, according to his father, Scott Vanderwal, who declined to speak further.

Sean Vanderwal entered active-duty service in April 2014 as a military police officer and had been assigned to the 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade at Fort Hood since February.

The crash happened about 2:20 a.m. Sunday when the car in which Vanderwal was riding struck the back of a parked semi-truck, Georgetown police Capt. Roland Waits said.

Vanderwal was in the front passenger seat and died at the scene, Waits said. It is not clear whether he was wearing a seat belt, Waits said.

Two others in the car were taken to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The collision is under investigation, Waits said.

Tony Raap is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7827 or

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