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Woman dies in collision with truck near Dewart

By Staff | Apr 21, 2016

DEWART – A woman driving a Chevrolet Impala was killed last Tuesday afternoon when she ran a stop sign and collided with a tractor-trailer truck at Route 54 and Musser Lane, about 2 miles north of here, in Delaware Township according to state police.

This was the second day in a row that a motorist was killed in a crash that occurred in the region.

The identity of the man killed in last Monday’s one-vehicle accident on Route 442 near Clarkstown was Charles Chapin, 71, of Orangeville, Columbia County, state police said.

In Tuesday’s crash, the woman, whose identity had not yet been released, was traveling north on Musser Lane and struck the driver’s side of a truck driven by Curtis Ebersole, of Trevorton, who was traveling west on Route 54 when the crash occurred about 1:30 p.m.

The woman was killed instantly in the crash, according to Northumberland County Coroner James F. Kelley, who responded to the scene.

Police said the woman was not wearing a seat belt.

Ebersole was treated at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

When the collision occurred, the impact ripped open one of the truck’s two saddle fuel tanks, spilling about 30 gallons of diesel fuel on the road, according to Warrior Run Area Fire Chief Mark Burrows.

The Northumberland County Hazardous Materials team and the state Department of Transportation along with a private firm, the Northridge Group Inc., an environmental response team, helped with the cleanup.

A section of Route 54 was closed for at least two hours until state troopers completed their investigation and the vehicles were towed away.

The woman who was killed in the two-vehicle crash at Route 54 and Musser Lane was Lois A. Haas, 80, of White Deer, who was pronounced dead at the scene of “blunt force trauma to the head,” Northumberland County Coroner James F. Kelley said.