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2 Dead in Crash on Route 183 in Schuylkill County Monday

Crash closed Route 183 most of the afternoon

Two people died in a vehicle crash along Route 183 in Schuylkill County on Monday afternoon.

According to information released by State Police in Schuylkill Haven, the crash happened at about 2:30 p.m. in Wayne Township, on Route 183 near Meadowbrook Drive.

Police say 2 women from New Philadelphia were killed in the crash.

During the incident, a vehicle driven by 39-year-old Carolynn Drum was headed north on Route 183 at the same time a tractor-trailer driven by Paul Laudenslager, 46, of Easton, was traveling southbound.

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Drum’s vehicle crossed over the center of the highway and struck the “10 o’clock portion” of the trailer of Laudenslager’s vehicle.

Drum and one of her passengers, 18-year-old Maria Ensinger, of New Philadelphia, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Another passenger in Drum’s vehicle, 19-year-old Adam Pontry, of Wapwallopen, sustained minor injuries in the crash and was taken to Reading Hospital for treatment.

Laudenslager was uninjured in the crash.

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