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Pa. man dies in U.S. 30 accident

December 23, 2004|by DON AINES

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - A Chambersburg, Pa., man was killed Wednesday in a one-car accident on Lincoln Way West (U.S. 30), Pennsylvania State Police said.

Joseph J. Cook, 24, of 753 E. Washington St., was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:50 a.m., Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said. The cause of death was multiple blunt force trauma and there will be no autopsy, Conner said.

Police said Cook was driving a 1994 Ford Taurus east at high speed when he lost control of the car and it struck a mailbox post at 3764 Lincoln Way West. The car came to rest on a property at 3742 Lincoln Way West, police said.

The time of the 911 call reporting the accident was 11:11 a.m., Conner said.

Conner said the car struck the brick mailbox post with the driver's side door, causing extensive damage to the vehicle. Cook was not wearing a seat belt, he said.

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Police said the accident was under investigation.

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