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MERCER COUNTY Two men die in road accidents



Published: Mon, September 9, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Police said a truck pulling a trailer pulled into John Jones' path.

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- A Jackson Center motorcyclist and an Akron man riding in a car were killed in separate accidents in Mercer County.

Pennsylvania State Police said John R. Jones, 47, of Creed Road, Jackson Center, died when a truck pulling a trailer pulled from a private driveway into his path as he rode his motorcycle east on Pa. Route 358 in New Vernon Township around 6:15 p.m. Sunday.

Police said Jones swerved into the westbound lane but couldn't avoid the trailer and went underneath it.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:20 p.m. by Scott Black, Mercer County deputy coroner, who said Jones died of blunt force trauma.

The driver of the truck, John Archer, 60, of Troy, Pa., wasn't injured. There were no immediate charges filed by police.

Teen dies

Nathan J. Dial, 18, of Akron, died when the car in which he was a passenger ran off Interstate 80 in Pine Township.

Police said Dial was riding in a car driven by John C. Brown, 17, also of Akron, which ran off the side of the road as it traveled west around 3 p.m. Sunday.

Brown steered back onto the road but lost control and the car ran off the road again, striking a guide rail and running 40 feet down a hill before striking an embankment.

Dial, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at United Community Hospital at 4:31 p.m.

Brown was treated at United Community, and a second passenger, Joshua M. Christie, 20, of Stow, Ohio, was taken to Allegheny General Hospital for what police said were major injuries. A report on his condition wasn't available today.




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