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Pa. woman, 19, dies in crash

October 06, 2003|by DON AINES

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A Greencastle, Pa., area woman was killed early Sunday in a two-vehicle accident south of Mercersburg on Fort Loudon Road, according to Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner and Pennsylvania State Police.

Joy Ann Landis, 19, of 3980 Williamson Road, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:47 a.m., according to Conner. The cause of death was multiple blunt-force trauma.

Conner said the accident was called in at 12:44 a.m. and occurred in the 7900 block of Fort Loudon Road in Montgomery Township, less than a mile south of the borough.

Police said Landis was driving a Pontiac Grand Am north when the vehicle skidded out of control on a curve. The car crossed the center line, and the passenger side collided with the front end of a 1998 Chevrolet utility van, according to police.

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Police did not identify the driver of the van, saying that the accident was under investigation. Police also did not indicate if anyone in the van was injured.

Police said the driver of the van saw the Pontiac sliding out of control and attempted to stop. The van was nearly stopped when the collision took place, police said.

Conner said he called in a certified private accident reconstructionist to assist in the investigation. He said that section of Fort Loudon Road was closed from shortly after the accident until late Sunday afternoon.

Funeral arrangements for Landis are being handled by Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home in St. Thomas, Pa., Conner said.

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