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Monroe woman dies in Schuylkill crash

Published May 17. 2013 05:03PM

A Monroe County woman was killed when the vehicle she was a passenger in was involved in a crash with another vehicle in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the victim as Diane S. Connors, 59, of East Stroudsburg. The crash occurred about 8:36 a.m. Thursday along SR61 at the intersection with Manheim Road, in North Manheim Township.

Troopers said Vistilla E. Bayton, 57, of East Stroudsburg, driving a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, was southbound following a tractor with trailer when she attempted a left turn onto Manheim Road. The traffic light at the intersection changed without the knowledge of Bayton, troopers said.

As she turned her vehicle was struck broadside by a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am operated northbound by Katherine Roth, 50, of Auburn.

Connors was a front seat passenger and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bayton and a backseat passenger, Elaine Evans, 35, of East Stroudsburg, were flown by Lifeflight helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Roth was taken by ambulance to a Pottsville hospital.

The road was shut down in both directions for several hours.

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