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I-81 death ruled a suicide

January 13, 1998

I-81 death ruled a suicide

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police say they believe a Chambersburg woman intentionally walked onto the northbound lane of Interstate 81, where she was struck and killed by an oncoming car Sunday night.

The Franklin County Coroner's office has ruled the death of the 20-year-old woman a suicide.

The woman was driving south on I-81 at about 6:50 p.m. when her car struck the guardrail near the Guilford Springs Road overpass and Exit 4, sending it into the median heading north, where the vehicle struck another guardrail and came to rest, police said.

She then got out of her car and walked into the northbound lane, police said.

A tractor-trailer missed her, but the car behind it struck the woman, smashing the windshield and sending her over the top of the car, according to Franklin County Coroner Kenneth Peiffer Jr., who pronounced her dead at the scene.

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The cause of death was multiple trauma, he said.

The occupants in the vehicle were not injured. Police would not provide their identities.

The accident closed the northbound lanes of the highway until 10:40 p.m. while emergency personnel cleared the scene and police investigated.

The southbound lanes also were closed for a period of time after the accident, police said.

- Lisa Graybeal

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