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Nissan Motor : 1 Killed, 5 Injured In 2-Car Collision

03/31/2014 | 04:29pm US/Eastern


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An 11-year-old girl died and three members of her family were seriously hurt when their car slid on an icy road Sunday in Earl Township, officials said.

Authorities did not identify the girl Sunday night.

New Holland police Sgt. Mark Willwerth said she was riding with her 14-year-old sister in the back seat of a Nissan sedan driven by their father, Joseph Kuhns, 47, of Quarryville,

Their mother, 40-year-old Rose Ann, was riding in the front seat.

Willwerth said Kuhns lost control of his vehicle around 6:30 p.m. in the 600 block of North Railroad Avenue, just north of Snyder Road.

The northbound Nissan went off the road, then returned to the road broad-side, striking a southbound Kia sport utility vehicle driven by 70-year-old Ronald Gardiner of Ephrata, Willwerth said.

Joseph Kuhns was able to get out of the vehicle on his own but his family, along with Gardiner and his 45-year-old male passenger, had to be extricated by Garden Spot Fire Rescue.

All six occupants were transported by ambulance to Lancaster General Hospital, where the 11-year-old died.

Her sister then was airlifted to Hershey Medical Center, where she was in critical condition Sunday night.

Rose Ann Kuhns was in critical condition at Lancaster General while her husband was in serious condition there, according to Willwerth.

Gardiner and his passenger were in stable condition at Lancaster General.

The crash was one of several that occurred in the early evening hours as roads began to glaze over after a day of rain mixed at times with sleet and snow.

It was one of five crashes occurring about the same time in Earl Township.

No injuries were reported in the other crashes which happened in the 2800 block of Division Highway and 700 block of North Railroad Avenue.

Police said all the accidents were weather-related.

The two-day weather system, which was expected to dump 2 to 3.5 inches of rain across the region, was expected to wrap up after midnight Sunday.

A flood watch in effect until 8 p.m. Sunday was extended until 1 a.m. this morning.

The National Weather Service said rainfall will result in significant rises of small streams and creeks with larger rivers expected to see gradual rises over the next few days.

As of 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the Susquehanna River in Marietta was at 40.24 feet. Flood stage is 49 feet.

The Conestoga River was at 7.04 feet with flood stage at 11 feet.

Today is expected to be breezy and sunny with a high of 56, according to AccuWeather.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be sunny and warm with highs in the mid-60s.

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