The Herald, Sharon, PA Published Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000


Car-truck collision kills Franklin man

A Franklin man was killed Tuesday morning after he lost control of his car on the snow-covered road and collided with a tractor-trailer in Sandy Lake Township, state police said.

Frank J. DeVault, 33, died at the scene of head injuries after the crash at 6:58 a.m. on U.S. Route 62, also known as Sandy Lake-Polk Road, police said.

DeVault, a packager for Clinch-Tite in Sandy Lake, was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

DeVaultís car was southbound on Route 62 and lost control on the snow-covered road. The car slid 90 degrees clockwise for about 50 feet before crossing the center line. The car continued sliding sideways in the opposite lane for 50 more feet, police said.

Kenneth L. Tenney, 47, of Sandy Lake, driving a northbound tractor-trailer, saw the sliding car and tried to avoid it by steering to the far right side of the northbound lane, police said. After sliding sideways in the opposite lane, the driverís side door of DeVaultís car collided with the front of the tractor-trailer, police said.

Tenney was wearing his seat belt and was not injured, police said.

DeVault, a member of Lakeview United Methodist Church, enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and the outdoors, as well as fixing cars, attending races, playing pool and cooking.

The crash was the second fatal accident this week. On Monday, Robert D., 70, and Mary L. Ryan, both of Greenville, were killed after their car pulled into the path of a pickup driven by Charles Edward Brewster, 62, of Rome, Ohio, at state Route 58 and Kidds Mill Road in Delaware Township, police said.

The Ryans had been married for 48 years and had two children and one grandson. Ryan, who retired in 1992 from Bell Atlantic of Pennsylvania, was a retired Air Force Reserves Master Sergeant, a member and past master of Eureka Lodge No. 290 and New Castle Consistery and volunteered at UPMC Horizon, Greenville. Mrs. Ryan, a homemaker, was a past member of the order of the Eastern Star in Greenville.

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