Cochranville Woman killed in T-Bone Crash

posted Wed, Jan 30, 2013

By Tom Kelly IV

January 30, 2013


LONDONDERRY — An elderly woman from Cochranville was killed Wednesday afternoon in a T-bone crash on Route 41 in which a flatbed tow truck struck her vehicle.


Mona Stanley, 80, was pronounced dead at the scene after being ejected from her 1987 Dodge Aries Sedan, Pennsylvania State Police said.


The collision occurred just after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Gap-Newport Pike (Route 41) and Fernwood Road in Londonderry.


According to police, Stanley was traveling east on Fernwood Road when she failed to properly stop at a stop sign and attempted to cross Route 41. While crossing the highway she was struck by a 2006 F650 flatbed tow truck, which struck the passenger side of her car.


The driver of the tow truck George Elliott Jr., 43, of Lancaster, was transported by ambulance to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.


The tow truck is owned by CJ’s automotive towing in Paradise, Lancaster County. Other employees of the company were at the scene Wednesday to take photographs and check on their injured co-worker.


The force of the collision between the two vehicles was enough to push both vehicles into the driveway of a home just north of the intersection.


The speed limit in that stretch of highway is 45 mph. The road was dry at the time of the collision and police do not believe speed played a factor in the crash.


West Grove Fire Company and Fire Police, Cochranville Fire Company, and the Chester County Coroner’s Office assisted State Police Avondale at the scene.


The vehicles were removed from the scene by Null’s towing.


Staff writer Jeremy Gerrard contributed to this story.

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