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Pa. woman, 50, dies in Tuesday crash on U.S. 30

March 17, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg woman was killed Tuesday when she lost control of her minivan on U.S. 30 and veered into the path of a Chevrolet Blazer, police said.

Christine M. Beddard, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Eric Campbell. The accident happened at 4:48 p.m. east of Gregway Drive in Hamilton Township.

The driver of the 1990 Blazer, John C. Carbaugh, 38, was taken to Chambersburg Hospital. He had a severe laceration on his face, Campbell said. He was in satisfactory condition Tuesday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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Emergency personnel arrived on the scene within minutes of the accident and were initially concerned about the road conditions. Although the road was wet, no snow, ice or slush was present, Campbell said.

Carbaugh and another witness both said Beddard appeared to lose control of her 2000 Chrysler Town and Country, but then regained control, Campbell said. After that, she lost control again and veered into the westbound lane.

The minivan then collided with the Blazer, Campbell said.

Police do not know why Beddard lost control.

Campbell said he found it unusual that Beddard was killed, given that she was wearing her seat belt and that, of all the seats in Beddard's van, the driver's seat was the least damaged. He said the force of the crash was likely a contributing factor.

Carbaugh was not wearing his seat belt, police said.

Both Carbaugh, who was heading home from work, and Beddard were alone in their vehicles.

One lane of U.S. 30 remained open to traffic as emergency personnel remained on the scene, a firefighter at the Franklin Fire Co. said.

Officials with the Franklin, St. Thomas and Chambersburg fire departments assisted at the scene.

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