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Woman dies, husband hurt in I-81 crash

April 15, 2002|BY STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg, Pa., woman was killed Saturday night when the car she was riding in was crushed between two tractor-trailers on a rain-slicked Interstate 81, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Delores Fisher, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene by Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey Conner. An autopsy is scheduled for this morning in Allentown, Pa., he said.

Fisher's husband, Fred Fisher, 66, was injured in the 7 p.m. accident and flown to York (Pa.) Hospital, police said. He was listed in critical condition Sunday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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The Fishers were traveling southbound on I-81 in their 1988 Dodge Caravan in the right lane near mile-marker 20, between the Fayette Street and Scotland exits, police said.

The Fishers' vehicle made a sudden lane change and struck the front of a 2002 Freightliner tractor-trailer in the left lane with the minivan's rear, police said.

After the initial impact, the tractor-trailer pushed the Fishers' vehicle into the rear of a 2000 Sterling tractor-trailer, causing it to be crushed between the two trucks, police said.

The second tractor-trailer was stopped in both lanes at the time of the crash while attempting to go around a construction barricade that was blocking the left lane from a previous northbound accident, police said.

Police said there was heavy rain at the time of the accident, which is still under investigation.

David Bradley, of Searly, Ark., the driver of the Freightliner, and his passenger were not injured, police said. Nelson Martinez, of Gardena, Calif., the driver of the Sterling truck, also was not injured, police said.

Both lanes of southbound I-81 were closed for several hours. Traffic was diverted off the interstate at Exit 24, police said.

Funeral arrangements for Delores Fisher, which are being handled by Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, were incomplete Sunday.

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