Injured motorists released from hospital

August 22, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Both drivers in Wednesday's accident on Interstate 81 involving a tractor-trailer and Volkswagen hatchback were treated and released from Chambersburg Hospital on Thursday, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Harold Eugene Fittry of Chambersburg sustained a broken collarbone and received 21 stitches on his head, according to a family member.

Fittry was driving southbound on the interstate in a red 1986 Volkswagen Golf around 5 p.m. when he was struck by a 1996 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Van Franklin Stone of Columbia, Mo., according to Pennsylvania State Police.


Stone sustained minor injuries in the accident about one mile south of Exit 8, police said.

Stone was northbound when he lost control of his tractor-trailer on the rain-slicked road and struck guardrails on the west berm, then continued in a northwest direction across the center median and into the southbound lanes, police said.

The tractor-trailer, carrying a load of lamp shades, struck Fittry's car and both came to a rest against the guardrails of the southbound lanes, police said.

The truck jackknifed with the cab facing south and the trailer turned north. The front end of the car was crushed between the cab and the trailer of the truck.

The wreckage slowed traffic in both directions and fire police detoured the southbound lane onto Exit 8 at the Chambersburg Mall.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts, police said. Both vehicles were severely damaged and towed from the scene, police said.

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