2008-10-09 / Front Page

Car Crash Kills Area Woman

Blunt force trauma cause of Elton Duvall's death

A McConnellsburg area woman known throughout the county for her community activism and love of penning articles on local issues and causes was killed instantly in a tragic auto accident along Route 30 in neighboring Franklin County last week.

Seventy-two-year-old Elton Wigfield Schoen Duvall was pronounced dead at 8:40 a.m. at the scene of the two-vehicle collision on Thursday, October 2, just west of the intersection of Mercersburg Road.

An autopsy, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey Conner reported, was completed the following morning at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown to determine if Duvall's death was from natural causes or injuries related to the head-on crash. Cause of death has since been attributed to blunt force trauma, Conner stated.

Duvall, according to local reports, was travelling home after attending a sleep apnea session in Chambersburg when the accident occurred at 8:05 a.m. Her westbound 1997 Subaru Legacy crossed the centerline and went into the path of an oncoming 2006 International truck used to haul bricks, Pennsylvania State Police from the Chambersburg barracks elaborated.

The head-on collision left truck driver Thomas Conner, 44, of Knoxville, Md., with minor injuries. He was immediately transported to Chambersburg Hospital for treatment of injuries.

In the three hours following the crash, the section of Lincoln Way West falling between Appleway and Mercersburg Road was closed to motorists while police investigators and the coroner's office completed their investigations.

Duvall, of 1122 North Mountain Top Road, otherwise known as the Meadow Grounds, is survived by her daughter Sarah S. Duvall and son Damon P. Schoen as well as four grandchildren, all of northern Fulton County.

Duvall's obituary can be found on page B3 of the "News."

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