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Greencastle man dies after truck hits guardrail

July 21, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

An 18-year-old man died Saturday after his truck crashed into a guardrail and a tree next to U.S. 11, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey Conner pronounced David Samuel Geiman of 11510 Burkett Lane, Greencastle, Pa., dead at the scene.

Police said Geiman was not wearing a seat belt.

Geiman was driving a 1987 Ford Ranger pickup truck south on U.S. 11 when it went off the road, police said. The truck hit the edge of a guardrail, spun counterclockwise and hit a large tree.

The crash occurred about 2 a.m. near the intersection of Feaster Road, just north of the Antrim Township border.

Saturday afternoon, the edge of the guardrail was gnarled. The midsection of a maple tree about 50 feet away was bare, its bark scraped away.

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A plastic chunk from the truck lay at the foot of the tree.

A woman who lives near the site of the crash but didn't want her name used said she and her husband were awakened by a loud noise at 2 a.m. Having lived next to the busy road with whizzing traffic for about a year-and-a-half, they chalked it up as another highway noise.

When an ambulance and a firetruck arrived at 6 a.m., the woman realized what the noise was.

She said the truck was wrapped around the tree, apparently after hitting the guardrail and careening sideways through the yard.

Questions about the crash were referred to the investigating trooper, who was not available Saturday afternoon.

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