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Two killed in head-on crash on I-81 in Pa.

April 02, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

SCOTLAND, Pa. — Two men were killed Saturday morning when a Jeep Wrangler traveling south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 collided head-on with a Hyundai Elantra, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The driver of the 2001 Jeep, Brian Francis McKenrick of Biglerville, Pa., and the driver of the 2009 Elantra, 30-year-old Chad Curtis Silver of Shippensburg, Pa., were pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:17 a.m. accident by Franklin County Chief Deputy Coroner Paul T. Reed.

McKenrick was not wearing a seat belt, but Silver was, police said in a news release. Both men died of multiple blunt-force trauma, Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said.

Following the first collision, the Jeep struck a tractor-trailer driven by Ginger Clark, 50, of Lenoir, N.C., police said. Clark was uninjured, police said.

Both northbound lanes were closed following the crash and reopened at 3:38 a.m., police said.

The news release did not explain why McKenrick was traveling on the wrong side of the highway.

Silver has a son, Adam, and he and his fiancée, Ashley Pensinger, were expecting the birth of a daughter in July, according to information provided by Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home in Chambersburg, Pa.

A 1999 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School and a 2006 graduate of the Academy of Culinary Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Silver worked as a chef at EJ’s Grille in Chambersburg, according to the funeral home.

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