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Fatal Pa. crash still being investigated

October 07, 2003|by DON AINES

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The name of the driver of a van involved in a fatal accident early Sunday has yet to be released by Pennsylvania State Police.

The 12:44 a.m. accident occurred about a mile south of Mercersburg on Fort Loudon Road when a northbound Grand Am driven by Joy Ann Landis, 19, of 3980 Williamson Road, crossed into the southbound lane and collided with a 1998 Chevrolet van, police said. Landis, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

"There were four occupants in the van and three of them had minor injuries," said Cpl. Paul McMullen. They were treated at and released from Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital, he said.

The investigating trooper is not expected to complete his interviews with the occupants of the van until Wednesday, McMullen said.

Police said the driver of the van saw Landis' vehicle cross the center line and had nearly stopped the van when it was hit by the Grand Am.

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Landis was a meat wrapper with Landis Butchering in Chambersburg, Pa. She was home-schooled, according to her brother, Jason Landis.

She is survived by her parents, Jacob and Ruth Wingert Landis, with whom she lived, four sisters and six brothers, according to her obituary from Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home Inc. in Chambersburg.

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