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Date Posted: April 13, 2003 1:27:25 EDT
A dump truck that lost control while driving down a steep hill slammed into parents and children at a school bus stop, killing a woman and her daughter and critically injuring two other children.
Authorities were still investigating Friday afternoon's multiple-vehicle crash, but police chief Jim Childs said it appeared the truck was too heavy to have been legally traveling on the hill in Glen Rock, about 90 miles west of Philadelphia.
The Blossom Valley Farms truck was carrying a load of dirt when the driver said he lost his brakes, though police did not say how much it weighed. The road's weight limit is three-quarters of a ton.
Wendy Bozman had just met her younger brother at the bus stop when she saw the truck coming.
"The kids were getting off the bus," she said. "I didn't know why he swerved toward them. It was really weird. He was going so fast down the hill. I heard the guy shouting, 'Watch out!'"
The truck ran over a 9-year-old boy on the road and slammed into a car stopped at a stop sign, pushing the car into the intersection and leading to collisions involving three other cars, police said.
Michelle Moser, 33, and her 11-year-old daughter, Amber McAdle, whom she had just picked up at the bus stop, died at the scene.
Six people were injured, including the 9-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl, who was in critical condition at Hershey Medical Center on Saturday afternoon.
A woman was admitted to a York hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening. The others were treated and released, including the truck driver, Jaysen Nathaniel Newton, 21.
Mark Faulkner, 39, said he heard the crash and came out of his building to see if the truck driver was all right.
"He said, 'I'm sorry, it's not my fault .... my brakes gave out,'" Faulkner said.
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