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Two killed in crash at intersection

July 21, 2003|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Two Greencastle-area residents were killed Saturday night when their car turned into the path of a tractor-trailer on Buchanan Trail West at the Hill Road intersection in Antrim Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Joshua Everetts, 18, of 12141 Cool Hollow Road, and George K. Leavy, 17, of 5844-3 Debbie Lane, were killed in the 8:01 p.m. accident, police said. Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner pronounced both dead at the scene at 8:40 p.m.

Conner said Everetts and Leavy were ejected from the Volkswagen Golf that Everetts was driving. The cause of death was multiple blunt-force trauma. No autopsies are planned, Conner said.

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Everetts was westbound when he turned left to go onto Hill Road, according to police. The passenger side of the car was hit by the eastbound tractor-trailer, driven by Gerald Glunt, 30, of Greencastle.

The truck, carrying bundles of rough-sawn lumber, went up an embankment, rolled over and spilled part of its load onto the road, according to Conner.

Glunt was treated and released from Chambersburg Hospital, according to Trooper Tim Gilbert. Everetts and Leavy were not wearing seat belts, Gilbert said.

A relative of Leavy's said he did not want to talk about the death. Everetts' family could not be reached Sunday.

Everetts was a 2003 graduate of James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, Pa., according to Principal Robert Beaumont. Everetts' obituary stated he was to begin graphic arts classes today at Hagerstown Business College.

Gilbert said the accident closed the road for about five hours while police investigated and rescue workers cleared the scene. Traffic was detoured down Rabbit Road, onto Weaver Road and up Williamsport Pike.

"The sound last night was an altogether different sound from the other wrecks," said Lee Barnes of 2693 Buchanan Trail West. Barnes, who said he lives about 100 feet from where the accident occurred, said he heard no screeching of tires or brakes before the collision and saw no tread marks Sunday morning.

"There's been about six killed within half a mile of here in the past six years that I know about," Barnes said.

"There's got to be something done," Barnes said of the dangerous area near the intersection.

Gilbert said the accident still is under investigation. The speed limit is 55 mph along parts of the road, but he said he has to return to the scene to see if there were any traffic signs in the area warning motorists to reduce speed.

There are two crosses near the intersection marking previous fatalities, Barnes said.

At least three people have been killed on that stretch of road since 1998, according to Franklin County Court and state police records.

On April 18, 1998, Mark Hykes, 34, of Greencastle, and his 4-year-old son, Daniel, were killed at the intersection when their car was struck from behind by a drunken driver and forced into the path of another vehicle, according to state police records.

In April 1999, James Reed Reesor, 21, of Mercersburg, Pa., died when he lost control of his car and it crashed in the parking lot of the Hillcrest Drive Inn at 2753 Buchanan Trail West, according to police records.

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