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Two men die in separate Pa. accidents

August 11, 2003|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -Two Pennsylvania men were killed in separate accidents Saturday, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Anthony Barnes Jr., age unavailable, of 31 Cedar View Court, Mifflintown, Pa., was killed early Saturday when his car collided head-on with a tractor-trailer in Fannett Township, Pa., according to police.

Roger William Dechene, 42, of 5 Timber Lane, Newville, Pa., died as the result of a single-vehicle accident Saturday night in Cumberland County, Pa., police said.

Barnes was pronounced dead at the scene of a 5 a.m. accident by Franklin County Chief Deputy Coroner Paul T. Reed.

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Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said an autopsy was performed on Barnes Sunday at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, Pa. The cause of death was multiple blunt-force trauma.

Police said Martin Berger, 60, of Lewistown, Pa., was driving a 2002 Kenworth tractor-trailer south on Path Valley Road when he crossed the center line on a curve and struck Barnes' 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier.

Barnes was not wearing a seat belt and the car had no airbags, police said.

Berger was not injured in the accident, which police said still is under investigation.

Dechene was pronounced dead at 9:39 p.m. at Chambersburg Hospital from head and chest injuries he received in the Saturday night accident, which occurred in Southampton Township, Pa., Conner said.

Pennsylvania State Police in Carlisle, Pa., said Dechene was driving a 1992 Chevrolet Blazer east on Pa. 533 at 8:49 p.m. when it crossed the westbound lane, went off the road and hit a telephone pole.

This was the fourth consecutive weekend during which there was at least one fatal accident in Franklin County, according to Conner. The six accidents that occurred in Franklin County involved seven deaths, he said.

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