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N.C. man has heart attack, dies after resulting crash

January 27, 2003

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A North Carolina motorist was pronounced dead at Waynesboro Hospital on Thursday night following a two-car accident in Greencastle that occurred when the motorist suffered a heart attack, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said Friday.

The victim, Ronald Lee Raub, 58, of Statesville, died as a result of the accident, not from his heart attack, Conner said.

"Death was caused by blunt force trauma," Conner said.

Raub's father, Charles Raub, 81, also of Statesville, suffered a head injury in the crash. He was listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Washington County Hospital Friday.

The driver of the second vehicle, Thomas G. Klappert, 51, of Greencastle, was not injured, said Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg, Pa., who investigated the accident.

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Police said Ronald Raub was northbound on Interstate 81 when he got off at the Exit 5 ramp, then continued through the stop sign at the exit's intersection with Pa. 16 and struck Klappert's vehicle.

Raub's car continued north, jumped a concrete curb, went down a ditch and through a chain-link fence and came to rest against a wall, police said.

The accident occurred around 5:14 p.m.

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