New Castle soldier dies in Texas traffic accident
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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