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Pa. man killed as he changes tire on I-81 near Chambersburg

May 02, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Carlisle, Pa., man was killed and his passenger injured Thursday afternoon when the man's car was hit by another vehicle as he was changing a flat tire on the shoulder of Interstate 81, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said.

Logan M. Norris, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 5:19 p.m. accident on southbound I-81 about a mile north of Exit 17, Conner said. His unidentified passenger was flown by helicopter from the scene to a hospital, he said.

Norris and the passenger were changing the right front tire of Norris' 2000 Plymouth when a car in the left-hand lane crossed the right-hand lane and struck the rear of the vehicle, Conner said. Norris ended up under his own car, Conner said.

The other car could be seen in the drainage ditch next to the highway.

The accident halted southbound traffic for several hours as police, fire and ambulance crews responded to the scene and, later, a state police accident reconstruction team was called in, Conner said.

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The southbound lanes were reopened at about 10 p.m., Conner said.

Northbound traffic was reduced to a crawl for more than an hour after the crash.

The troopers investigating the crash were still at the scene shortly before 11 p.m. and further details about Norris's passenger and driver of the other vehicle were unavailable, police said.

An autopsy is scheduled for this morning at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, Pa., Conner said.

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