2011-03-10 / Front Page

Two-Vehicle Collision Claims Local Man

Charles Sipes of Harrisonville dies in crash
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER


Harrisonville resident Charles Sipes was killed when a vehicle pulled in front of his southbound 1989 Dodge Wagon early Tuesday morning in Ayr Township. Meanwhile, the driver of the other vehicle, Aaron Shives of McConnellsburg, was taken to Altoona Hospital for treatment. Harrisonville resident Charles Sipes was killed when a vehicle pulled in front of his southbound 1989 Dodge Wagon early Tuesday morning in Ayr Township. Meanwhile, the driver of the other vehicle, Aaron Shives of McConnellsburg, was taken to Altoona Hospital for treatment. A Harrisonville man delivering bulk mail to post offices in southern Fulton County sustained fatal injuries Tuesday morning during a collision along Great Cove Road.

Charles Emory Sipes of 11380 Pleasant Ridge Road, Harrisonville, was pronounced dead at 7:15 a.m. by Fulton County Coroner Berley Souders. Souders told the “News” Sipes will be taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown where an autopsy will be performed on Wednesday, March 9, at 8 a.m. The purpose of the autopsy is to determine exact cause of death, he said.

Sipes suffered the injuries while he was travelling southbound at 6:15 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Matthew Wadsworth reported.

According to reports, a 2004 Chevrolet 1500 driven by Aaron Russell Shives of McConellsburg pulled from Rock Hill Road and into the path of Sipes’ 1989 Dodge Wagon. Sipes was unable to avoid the collision and struck Shives’ truck.

Neither Shives, 22, or Sipes were wearing a seat belt during the Ayr Township accident.

Shives, state police said, was transported to Altoona Hospital for treatment and observation of moderate injuries. His condition was unavailable Tuesday afternoon.

Due to the location of the fatal crash, traffic was rerouted between Giant Food Store and Union Cemetery until nearly lunchtime. A nearby utility pole also required repairing following the incident.

State police are continuing their investigation and were assisted on the scene by Mc- Connellsburg Volunteer Fire Co., McConnellsburg Fire Police, PennDOT and Scott’s Towing.

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