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Pa. man dies after accident

July 31, 1998

By DON AINES

Staff Writer, Chambersburg

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - Despite the fact that he was wearing a seat belt and his passenger's side airbag deployed, a St. Thomas Township, Pa., man died from injuries he suffered in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning, the York County (Pa.) Coroner's Office said.

Blunt force trauma to the chest was listed as the cause of death in the coroner's report for John Brindle, 73, who was pronounced dead at 9:19 p.m. Wednesday. An autopsy was performed Thursday afternoon at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa.

The Pennsylvania State Police report said Brindle's injuries were at first thought to be minor.

He and his wife, Eva Jacquelin Brindle, 67, were taken to Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital after the crash on Apple Way in St. Thomas Township, according to the report.

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A Chambersburg Hospital spokeswoman said John Brindle was taken to York Hospital at 11:15 a.m.

State police said the accident happened at 7:59 a.m. when Matthew Donald Ott, 18, of Fayetteville, Pa., attempted a left turn into Environmental Comfort Inc., 2672 Apple Way. The 1977 Chevy pickup he was driving was struck by the 1994 Buick driven by Eva Brindle, police said.

She and her husband were both wearing seat belts and the police report said both airbags in the car deployed. Eva Brindle was treated and released from Chambersburg Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Ott was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, the report said.

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