Woman, 19, dies in Interstate 81 accident

October 29, 2003|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

MARION, Pa. - A 19-year-old Chambersburg, Pa., woman was pronounced dead at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center Tuesday afternoon following a morning accident on Interstate 81 in Antrim Township, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

Lauren Nicole Betz, of 829 Long Lane, was pronounced dead at 3:17 p.m. at Hershey Medical Center, where she was flown following the 9:15 a.m. accident.

The accident involved Betz's 1990 Ford Escort and three tractor-trailers, police said.

None of the truck drivers was injured, police said.

According to police, Betz was southbound on the interstate at a high rate of speed near the Clayhill Road overpass when she lost control of her car.


When she tried to regain control, her Escort struck the left side of the trailer portion of a rig in the right-hand southbound lane driven by Norvil Young, 44, of Greencastle, Pa., police said.

Betz's car continued south, crossed the median and into the left lane of the northbound lane of I-81. It struck the left side of the trailer on a northbound truck driven by Theron Graham, 42, of Warm Springs, Ark., police said.

After striking Graham's rig, Betz's car headed west back onto the median where it came to rest, police said.

The third tractor-trailer, driven by James Hollenbach, 47, of Reading, Pa., was southbound in the right lane. His truck was struck by a piece of debris, police said.

All four drivers were wearing seat belts, police said.

The accident was the second fatal crash in two days in Marion. June M. Barvinchack, 64, of Greencastle, was killed when her car collided with a pickup truck on U.S. 11 at 6:44 a.m. Monday.

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