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Two killed in Pa. crashes

December 18, 2000

Two killed in Pa. crashes



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Separate traffic accidents killed two people Sunday morning in Washington Township and early Monday morning in downtown Chambersburg.

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A Chambersburg business owner is picking up the pieces after a truck involved in one of the accidents crashed through his downtown storefront Monday morning.

John William Lane, 39, of Ephrata, Pa., was pronounced dead at Chambersburg Hospital following a 1:07 a.m. accident at the intersection of South Main and Queen streets Monday, according to Chambersburg Police.

The accident happened when the driver of a 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck was headed east on Queen street and didn't stop at a red light. The truck collided with a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation dump truck headed south on South Main Street, police said.

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As a result of the impact, the dump truck was forced into the storefront of Remembrances, 100 S. Main Street, causing extensive damage.

Lane's truck came to a rest on the sidewalk south of the intersection.

Bentley R. Robinson Jr., 55, of Mercersburg, the dump truck driver, was listed in stable condition at Chambersburg Hospital Monday evening.

Chambersburg Police are continuing to investigate the accident.

On Sunday, a Waynesboro woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident at 4 a.m. in Washington Township along Mentzer Gap Road near Hearthwood Drive, police said.

Tara R. Smetzer, 28, of 10655 Bailey Springs Lane, Lot No. 9, was driving her 1982 Ford Mustang east on Mentzer Gap Road when she drove off the right side of roadway, police said.

The Mustang slid into a drainage ditch and the impact flung open the driver's side door, police said. Smetzer was ejected from the Mustang, struck the ground and the car rolled on top of her, police said.

She was taken by Blue Ridge Ambulance to Waynesboro Hospital.

Remembrances remained open Monday, despite a blockade outside the store entrance to keep people away from the awning that was to come down today, said owner Bill Washabaugh.

The dump truck may also have done some structural damage to the building, in addition to shattering one glass display case and spraying glass throughout the store, Washabaugh said.

Store employees posted signs advising customers to enter the store on Queen Street through a door normally reserved for employees.

Washabaugh said he did not have an estimate for the inventory lost in the accident.

He and his wife, Bobbi, opened the business four years ago and moved to the Main Street location in January. Washabaugh was concerned the accident would hurt business during what should be the busiest week of the year.

Remembrances is known for its gourmet inventory of coffee, snacks, teas, candles and baskets.

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