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Three fatalities in three separate accidents Friday and Saturday

July 09, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER and MATTHEW UMSTEAD | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • A man was killed Saturday morning in this crash on U.S. 30 in St. Thomas Township, Pa., near ABC Home Sales.
By Roxann Miller

Three people died Friday and Saturday in three separate vehicle crashes in the Tri-State area.

A man was killed Saturday morning in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 30 in St. Thomas Township, Pa., Pennsylvania State Police said.

Earlier Saturday, a Virginia woman died after the car she was driving crashed on Interstate 81 south of Martinsburg, W.Va., West Virginia State Police said.

Also, West Virginia State Police released the identity of a woman killed Friday night in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 340 in Jefferson County near the Virginia state line.

• In the Pennsylvania crash, a man was killed and two others were injured in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 30 west of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Theodore Andrew Sheets, 66, of St. Thomas, Pa., was killed in the 11:28 a.m. crash near ABC Home Sales in St. Thomas Township.

A 30-year-old man from McConnellsburg, Pa., and an 11-year-old boy from Breezewood, Pa., were flown from the scene to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, police said. Their names hadn't been released pending notification of family members.

According to state police, the McConnellsburg man was driving east on U.S. 30 in a Dodge Stratus when the vehicle crossed the center line and into the path of a westbound Dodge Dynasty, which was driven by Sheets. The Dynasty then spun into a Volvo S60, police said.

The two people in the Volvo — Ricky Lee Kershner, 55, and Wanda Karen Kershner, 52, both of St. Thomas — were treated at the scene, police said.

According to police, both the Stratus and Dynasty were traveling around the speed limit.

All of the occupants of the vehicles were wearing seat belts, police said.

• In Saturday's West Virginia crash, a woman died after the car she was driving crashed along Interstate 81, West Virginia State Police said.

Samantha Jo Ennis, 22, of Stephens City, Va., was pronounced dead at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center at 4:12 a.m., a little more than an hour after police responded to investigate the crash between the six- and seven-mile markers north of Inwood, W.Va., police said.

The crash investigation showed the Ford Focus that Ennis was driving went off the east side of I-81 south, traveled through the median and became airborne upon entering the northbound lanes of the highway, police said.

The car traveled across the road onto the northbound shoulder, then turned southeast down an embankment, where it eventually turned southwest and came to rest after it rolled onto the driver's side in a grassy area, police said.

Ennis was ejected from the vehicle at that point, police said.

• In Friday's West Virginia crash, a woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 340 near the Virginia state line, West Virginia State Police said Saturday.

Theresa Shillingburg, 50, of Rippon, W.Va., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which was in the area of the Rainbow Diner & Truck Stop, West Virginia State Police Sgt. K.E. Plumer said.

Shillingburg was a passenger in a 1994 Toyota truck driven by Arnold Shillingburg of Rippon, who was flown to Winchester Medical Center for treatment, police said.

The eastbound pickup was struck in the front end by a 2005 Kia that appeared to cross the center line of U.S. 340 while traveling west on the highway, police said.

The driver of the pickup attempted to avoid the head-on-collision, which left both vehicles with heavy front-end damage, police said.

The driver of the Kia, a 17-year-old Winchester boy, along with his father, who was riding with him, both were taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., police said.

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