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Two killed in separate auto accidents

March 07, 1998

By TERRY TALBERT

Staff Writer

Two people died in accidents in the Tri-State area on Thursday and Friday, police report.

On Friday morning, a 31-year-old Orrstown man died shortly after 7 a.m. when he tried to merge onto Interstate 81 traffic from the northbound entrance ramp of Exit No. 1 in Franklin County, Pa., state police said.

Matthew Levi Deutsch was driving his Nissan pickup truck along the berm while waiting for a break in traffic when he ran into the rear of a tractor-trailer with an oversize load that was parked off the road on the berm, police said.

Deutsch was pronounced dead at the scene by the Franklin County coroner, police said.

The tractor-trailer was owned by Robbins Motor Transportation Inc. of Eddystone, Pa., police said. The truck driver's name was not released.

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On Thursday night, a 79-year-old Virginia woman died as a result of injuries suffered in an accident near Hancock. Police identified her as Anna Dorthea Isenberg of Dumfries.

Maryland State Police said Isenberg was taking the exit ramp to Hancock off of westbound Interstate 70 when her 1996 Saturn hit the right side guardrail, continued through the intersection with Md. 144, crossed both lanes and struck a guardrail about 11:40 p.m.

Isenberg, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from her car, police said. She was flown by helicopter to Washington County Hospital, where she died early Friday, they said.

Staff Writer Marlo Barnhart contributed to this report.

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