2013-01-30 / Front Page

2 Women Die In Accident

Jeep, tractor-trailer collide, killing sisters
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


Two Fulton County women suffered fatal injuries Monday morning when their vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer in Dublin Township, Huntingdon County.

Eighteen-year-old Bethany Leah Copenhaver and Vanessa Lyn Christensen, 25, both of Burnt Cabins, were pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:50 a.m. accident along Route 522, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Jason Claar of the Huntingdon barracks reported. Neither woman was wearing a seat belt.

According to Trooper Claar, Copenhaver was travelling northbound when her 2005 Jeep Liberty slid on the slush-covered roadway. The Jeep slid into the oncoming lane where it was struck by a 2010 Peterbilt tractor-trailer driven by 71-year-old George Rhodes, of Everett.

Copenhaver’s 4-month-old daughter suffered injuries and was flown to Hershey Medical Center where she remained in critical condition, police said. She was secured in the Jeep in a child safety seat.

Meanwhile, Rhodes, who was using a seat belt, was taken to Fulton County Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

As police continued their inves- tigation into the crash through the afternoon hours, PennDOT kept Route 522 closed to motorists from Palmer Construction Co. Lane to the intersection of Tannery Road.

State police were assisted on the scene by Orbisonia-Rockhill Furnace EMS, Three Springs EMS and Fannett-Metal EMS as well as volunteer fire companies from Fannett-Metal, Orbisonia- Rockhill and Shade Gap.

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