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York, Pa., woman killed in accident on turnpike

September 07, 1999

WILLOW HILL, Pa. - A York, Pa., woman was killed Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, according to Franklin County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner.

The name of the 57-year-old woman was being withheld pending notification of her family, Conner said. He did not have the name of the woman's husband, who was the driver of the pickup truck and was taken to Chambersburg Hospital.

Conner said the man did not appear to be seriously injured.

The accident occurred at 2:29 p.m. near mile marker 195 in Metal Township, according to the Franklin County Emergency Communications Center.

Conner said the pickup truck was pulling a camper when the trailer began to whipsaw. The man lost control of the truck and struck a guardrail. The truck and trailer then rolled over and struck the concrete divider of the turnpike.

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The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, Conner said. The woman was not wearing a seatbelt and died of head injuries, he said.

The accident closed the westbound lanes while Pennsylvania State Police investigated the crash and emergency personnel cleared the scene. Conner said the lanes were still closed about two hours after the accident.

The woman was the third fatality this week in the county. On Monday William D. Freshman, 53, and Melvin L. Welsh, 42, both died when the car they were in was struck head-on by a tractor-trailer on U.S. 11 just south of the borough. State police said that accident happened when the driver of the truck moved into the northbound lane to avoid a large tree limb that snapped and was hanging on a telephone line over the southbound lane.

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