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Trooper killed in wreck in Pa.

January 03, 1999|By DON AINES

FORT LITTLETON, Pa. - A Pennsylvania State Police trooper was killed Sunday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Fulton County, according to state police.

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Sgt. Arthur L. Hershey, 51, of Bedford, Pa., was standing beside his cruiser when he was struck and killed instantly by a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Linda Christine Reppert, 32, of Allentown Pa., according to a State Police news release.

The accident occurred at 1:02 p.m. at mile marker 182.5 in Dublin Township, police said.

Reppert was traveling eastbound and apparently lost control while rounding a curve on the snow-covered road, police said. Her truck flipped onto Hershey's cruiser, police said.

Reppert suffered minor injuries, police said.

No charges had been filed in the accident Sunday, but it remains under investigation, police said.

Other details of the accident were not available from State Police.

Mike French, a paramedic with C&M Medical Transport, Hustontown, said the accident involved several eastbound vehicles, including one marked and one unmarked state police cruiser.

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A tractor-trailer, two passenger cars, a pickup truck and a pickup pulling a trailer were also involved, according to French. He said five or six other people were taken to area hospitals, but he did not believe any of the other injuries were serious.

Several of the injured were taken to Bedford Hospital in Bedford, Pa., he said.

State police in McConnellsburg, Pa., said eastbound turnpike traffic was diverted south on Pa. 522 at Fort Littleton, eastbound on U.S. 30 and then north on Pa. 75 to the Blue Mountain interchange. The accident interrupted traffic for about four hours.

French said the detour backed traffic up on the turnpike for several miles.

French said the accident was near the scene of another multiple-vehicle pileup in the westbound lanes that was reported before the fatal crash.

The trooper was the third person to die on Fulton County roads over the New Year's weekend. At 12:05 a.m. Friday, two Franklin County women were killed in a one-vehicle accident on Pa. 26 near the Maryland border in Union Township.

Barbara Jean King, 47, of Chambersburg, Pa., and Jennifer Lorraine Pine, 17, of Mercersburg, Pa., were killed when they were thrown from the pickup truck King was driving. Police said the truck hit a patch of ice and rolled over several times.

King and Pine were not wearing seatbelts. Two other passengers were injured.

The three fatalities investigated by state police in Fulton County compared to the six fatalities troopers reported during the Christmas holiday weekend between Thursday, Dec. 24, and Sunday, Dec. 27.

According to State Police Commissioner Paul J. Evanko, only one of the six killed last week was wearing a seatbelt. Evanko reported that 274 other people were injured in 614 crashes that troopers investigated.

That weekend troopers arrested 193 people for driving under the influence, cited 2,463 motorists for speeding, ticketed 89 for not wearing seatbelts and another 22 for not having children in child safety seats or seatbelts.




Staff writer Bryn Mickle contributed to this story.

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