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Deadly Crash on Busy Road near Danville

VALLEY TOWNSHIP — State police said it was around 2 p.m. Wednesday when a woman’s vehicle collided with a logging truck.

According to investigators, a woman was driving from Route 642 near Danville, when she tried to turn onto Route 54.

Witnesses said she pulled into the path of a logging truck.

Gina Romano lives across the road from the crash scene and knows someone who saw it happen.

“It just looked like she kept going, I don’t know if she didn’t see the truck or not, but the truck swerved to try to miss her,” she said.

The coroner confirmed the driver of the car, Mary Gray, 84, of Danville was killed.

The driver of the logging truck was not hurt.

For hours, investigators recreated and examined the scene and one westbound lane of Route 54 near Danville was closed, causing serious delays.

“We were going to come this way when we were going to come back home but we couldn’t because it was backed up all the way to Weis,” said Emily Foster of Danville.

State police said in addition to backed up traffic, investigators had to deal with intense heat and humidity, giving them all the more reason to wrap up the investigation as quickly as possible.

“There are certain things that have to be done in a crash like this and we’re following procedures under the direction of our department,” said Trooper Mark Reasner of State Police.

Romano called the latest wreck a tragedy, but she said she is not surprised.

“There are crashes here all the time. People just fly by and sometimes it looks like people are just on their phone or not paying attention, but it’s a nasty intersection.”



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