Fires claim 2 lives
BY STACI WILSON
Two people died in the past week as a result of smoke inhalation. One was killed last Thursday, May 31, in a fiery crash in Dimock Twp. A house fire in Great Bend Twp. on Monday, June 4 claimed the life of an elderly woman.
The identity of the man killed May 31 in the Dimock Twp. crash has not yet been positively confirmed by authorities.
Susquehanna County Coroner Anthony Conarton said the victim died as a result of smoke inhalation. An autopsy on the victim was performed Monday.
The driver of the grey, Hyundai Elantra failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Routes 3023 and 29; continued across the Rt. 29 and entered the parking lot of Baker’s Garage.
The vehicle continued straight through the parking lot about 200-feet from the roadway, struck several trees and then rolled down an embankment onto the driver’s side.
The vehicle then became engulfed in flames, police reported.
Springville Fire Co. and United Fire Co., Montrose, responded to the crash and extinguished the fire.
Tpr. Michael Lohman investigated the crash.
Police identified the 78-year-old woman who died Monday, June 4 in a Great Bend Twp. fire onHarmonty Rd., as Helen Murphy.
Susquehanna County Coroner Anthony Conarton said the woman died from smoke inhalation. An autopsy was performed on Monday.
PSP Fire Marshal Unit is investigating the blaze but police reported the cause of it appears to be accidental.
Fire companies from Hallstead,Great Bend, Susquehanna andNew Milfordresponded to the scene. The Hallstead-Great Bend Ambulance Company also assisted.