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Pa. woman dies in U.S. 11 crash

October 28, 2003|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

A Greencastle, Pa., woman was killed Monday morning when she drove a car into the path of a pickup truck at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Swamp Fox Road, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

June M. Barvinchack, 64, of 878 Buchanan Trail East, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 6:44 a.m. accident, according to Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner.

Barvinchack, who was not wearing a seat belt, died of blunt force chest trauma, he said.

Police said Barvinchack was driving a 1993 Ford Crown Victoria west on Swamp Fox Road, stopped at the stop sign and then pulled onto U.S. 11. The left front side of the car was hit by a northbound 1997 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Tracey Horst, 30, of Shady Grove, Pa., police said.

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The impact forced the car off the road and into a ditch on the east side of U.S. 11, police said. The pickup then struck a 1988 Toyota pickup driven by Terry Landis, 35, of Chambersburg, Pa., that was facing south waiting to turn onto Swamp Fox Road, police said.

Neither Horst nor Landis was injured, police said.

Barvinchack's younger brother, Clarence Stouffer of Mercersburg, Pa., described her as "a very caring person. She did a lot of visitation, mostly with older people."

He said she would go to the homes of sick and elderly people, take them to appointments or drive them to visit their friends and family.

"I would say she had a ministry of doing that," Stouffer said.

Barvinchack had worked at local businesses including the former Miller's Orchard in New Franklin, Pa., the former Better Foods in Greencastle and the former Milton Wright Home for children in Kauffman Station, Pa., her brother said.

The widow of the late Dr. John Barvinchack, she is survived by stepsons Evon and Roman Barvinchack, along with two brothers, a sister and stepgrandchildren, according to Stouffer.

"She was a wonderful stepgrandmother," Stouffer said.

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