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Pa. man killed in one-vehicle crash

August 29, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - An Upper Strasburg, Pa., man died Saturday night when he was thrown from his pickup truck in the 3400 block of Path Valley Road in Metal Township in Franklin County, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

William F. Laughlin, 64, of 13371 Upper Strasburg Road, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:30 p.m. accident by Franklin County Deputy Coroner Kenneth L. Peiffer, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Ted Reed.

The cause of death was blunt force multiple trauma, Reed said. There was no autopsy.

Police said Laughlin was driving a 1993 Ford pickup north when it ran off the road and struck several guardrail posts and cables. The truck went down a hillside and overturned, throwing Laughlin from the vehicle, police said.

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Laughlin was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

Laughlin was a truck driver for Just Wood Industries Inc. in Mercersburg, Pa., said his daughter, Marcia Ott of Chambersburg, Pa. She said he retired from the former Pet Ritz plant in Chambersburg, where he worked for 38 years.

"He was born and raised on the farm," his brother, Harry Laughlin of Chambersburg, said Sunday. He said his brother went to work as a long-haul truck driver shortly after graduating from Chambersburg High School in 1960.

Ott said her father, who was involved in football, track and the Future Farmers of America when he was in high school, worked in the maintenance department at Pet Ritz.

"He hunted, he fished, he loved to go up north. He loved the mountains," Ott said. She said her father also enjoyed working on her grandparents' farm.

"He was my dad. He was the best. He was a good man," she said.

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