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W.Va. motorcyclist died from accident injuries

July 30, 2003

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., man killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday evening on Interstate 81 died of blunt force multiple trauma, ruling out one possible cause of the accident.

Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said he requested an autopsy "to assure the cause of the accident was not from natural causes" such as a heart attack. The autopsy was performed Tuesday morning at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, Pa.

Lansberry, 52, of 9203 Hedgesville Road, was pronounced dead at Chambersburg Hospital 30 minutes after the 7:22 p.m. accident about two miles south of Chambersburg. Pennsylvania State Police said he was driving north when the 1986 Harley-Davidson went onto the shoulder and hit a guardrail, throwing Lansberry and passenger Victoria Chapman down an embankment.

Chapman, 46, of 15610 Cresap Ave., State Line, Pa., was flown to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, where she remained in critical condition Tuesday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

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Lansberry was a service technician with Jerr-Dan Corp. in Greencastle, Pa., and worked part time as a truck driver for Hoffman Transport in State Line, according to his obituary.

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