The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 3, 2008

Accidents kill three

Spouses die in crash; Trevorton woman succumbs 5 days after collision

COAL TOWNSHIP -- A married Coal Township couple died Wednesday after their pick-up truck was struck broadside by another truck on Route 61.

Meanwhile, a Trevorton woman died Wednesday at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, as the result of injuries suffered in a crash Friday on Route 522 in Middlecreek Township, Snyder County.

According to Coal Township police and Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley, Mary M. Grove was driving with her husband, Leonard, on Route 61 south near Burger King in Coal Township at 1:13 p.m. A flatbed Ford truck owned by Conestoga Foundry Supply came across the highway from a jug handle and smashed into the side of the Groves' Chevy S-10.

Mr. Grove, of Coal Township, was pronounced dead at the scene. He died as a result of blunt force trauma, according to the coroner.

Mrs. Grove was flown to Geisinger by LifeFlight helicopter, but died a short time later.

The identity and condition of the driver of the Ford truck were unavailable Wednesday night.

Kelley said his office and Coal Township police are investigating the accident.

Coal Township police were assisted by Shamokin police, Mount Carmel Township Fire Police, Kulpmont Ambulance, Area Ambulance Services and members of the Coal Township fire department, rescue squad and fire police.

The fatal accident was the second within 36 hours in Coal Township. Robert H. Kratzer Jr., 67, of RD1 Sunbury, was pronounced dead at 2:55 a.m. Tuesday after being crushed between two truck trailers at Reinhart Food Services.

Trevorton woman dies after Friday crash

Kimberly F. Buganza, 20, was flown to Geisinger on Friday after she drifted into the opposite lane heading east on Route 522 and crashed head-on into a Dodge Ram van.

She was listed in critical condition as of Sunday night.

Montour County Coroner Scott Lynn said she died Wednesday. He was in the process of investigating her death Wednesday night.

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