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Shippensburg woman killed in I-81 crash

August 01, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ and JENNIFER FITCH

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A Shippensburg woman was killed Monday when her car hit the back of a truck stopped on Interstate 81 because of an earlier accident, police said.

Pennsylvania State Police in Carlisle, Pa., said Danielle N. Forney was killed.

She was driving a Chevrolet Corsica north on I-81 when her car hit the back of a Peterbilt 385 truck at about 12:15 p.m., police said.

The truck driver, Philip A. Sharp of York, Pa., was not injured. Police said his truck was stopped and had its four-way flashers on.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, police said.

The crash happened in Cumberland County, just over the border from Franklin County.

Traffic in that area had been reduced to one lane because of a crash six miles north at about 5 a.m., police said.

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In that crash, someone driving a Freightliner truck tractor south fell asleep, causing the vehicle to go into the median, hit a mound, fly into the air and land in the median, police said.

Debris, including diesel fuel, scattered in the northbound lanes of I-81, police said. The left northbound lane was shut down.

Police said the vehicle was hauling hazardous material, but the tank was not punctured.

Traffic was further complicated by a 6:45 a.m. fire in Shippensburg.

The fire damaged a three-story downtown Shippensburg building with three businesses and approximately 10 apartments, said Kenny Nehf, a firefighter from the Vigilant Hose Co.

"King Street (U.S. 11) was shut down probably at least a block in each direction," he said.

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