Auto crashes into Pa. duplex

April 13, 1998

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A vacant duplex slated for demolition was heavily damaged Sunday night when it was struck by a car, according to Chambersburg police.

The driver, John R. Alther, 85, of 649 N. Franklin St., and a woman passenger were unhurt in the 9:06 p.m. accident, according to Officer Walter Bietsch. "We're attributing the accident to some sort of mechanical malfunction with his transmission," he said.

The two-door sedan struck the front door of the house at 29 S. Second St., with the entire front hood penetrating the building.

"The funny thing is it was hit last winter," said Larry McCoy, of 26 S. Second St. He said the house is supposed to be demolished soon.


Bietsch confirmed that the house had been hit last year by a vehicle in almost the same spot and that it is scheduled to be torn down.

McCoy said he knows Alther and the man had the car in for transmission repairs last week.

Bietsch said Alther was trying to back into a parking spot along the east side of the street when the transmission apparently went into drive, sending the car across the street, over the curb and through the front door.

The accident drew a crowd of several dozen spectators as a tow truck pulled the car from the house.

Bietsch said there will be no charges in the accident.

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