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Accident appears to have left two dead

July 20, 2003|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Pennsylvania State Police were called Saturday night to an accident on Buchanan Trail West near Greencastle in which there appeared to be at least two people killed.

A tractor-trailer hauling bundles of wood and a maroon compact, four-door car apparently collided and came to rest alongside the eastbound lane of Buchanan Trail West near the Hill Road intersection.

One body lay in a ditch behind the smashed car and another was on the ground in front of the car. Both were covered.

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The tractor-trailer was overturned, with wood bundles spilling onto Buchanan Trail West.

Traffic was rerouted around the accident scene onto adjacent roads.

At the scene, authorities investigating the crash took pictures of the bodies and the vehicles involved.

Lee Barnes, who lives on Buchanan Trail West across the street from where the overturned truck lay, said he called 911 about 8 p.m. after he heard the collision while in his home.

"I just heard the noise and saw the dirt fly," Barnes said.

Barnes said the driver of the tractor-trailer was inside the truck at the time he called 911 but got out a short time later.

"This isn't a good one," a state trooper said to the Barnes' family as he cordoned off a section of their front yard and driveway with police tape.

Just after 9 p.m., a state trooper at the scene said it would be hours before police would have an official comment about the accident. He said the families of those involved in the accident had not yet been notified.

Barnes said at least five people have been killed in vehicle accidents near his section of Buchanan Trail West in the last six to eight years. He said many of the accidents are caused by drivers exceeding the 55 mph speed limit.

"It's bad here," Barnes said.

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