Five-car crash injures two in Pa.

August 14, 1997

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A five-car accident temporarily shut down the north and southbound lanes of Interstate 81 Wednesday morning near Wayne Avenue in Guilford Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

A driver and passenger from Middletown, Pa. received minor injuries when their car, heading northbound, was struck almost head-on by another which skidded across the median from the southbound lane, police said.

The 11:24 a.m. accident occurred when a van, driven by Dennis Ritchey, 52, of Robersdale, Pa., was forced to slow down behind a slow-moving vehicle in the right lane, driven by Casimir Rzomp, 82, of Greencastle, Pa., a witness told police.

As Ritchey attempted to slow down, the vehicle skidded on the wet pavement and struck a vehicle in the left lane driven by Vivien Lee, 23, of Hershey, Pa., police said.


Lee's vehicle spun around and struck Rzomp's car and another, driven by Julia Lee, 24, of Somerville, Mass., police said.

Ritchey's vehicle skidded across the median and struck the car heading northbound driven by Scott Barb, 30, with a passenger, Kenneth Koons, 32, police said.

They were taken to Chambersburg Hospital where they were treated and released.

There were no other injuries.

Rzomp and Julia Lee were able to drive their cars from the scene, police said. The others were towed.

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