Athens woman killed in accident in Towanda Township
TOWANDA TOWNSHIP -- A collision in Towanda Township Friday between a fully loaded dump truck and a sport utility vehicle claimed the life of a 29-year-old Athens woman, authorities said.
Bradford County Coroner Thomas Carman said he pronounced Ria J. Miller of Athens dead at the scene at 10:33 a.m. Friday.
The accident occurred at approximately 9:54 a.m. when Miller was trying to make a left turn from state Route 2027 into the southbound lane of U.S. Route 220, state police said.
At the time, William R. Smith of Elmira Heights, N.Y., was driving a 2000 Mack dump truck north on Route 220 and was approaching the intersection with Route 2027, police said.
Miller began the turn and was partially into the southbound lane of Route 220 when her 2007 Honda Pilot SUV was struck by the dump truck, police said.
Smith had attempted to avoid the collision, but was unable to, and the dump truck struck the SUV in its left side, police said.
There is a stop sign that regulates traffic as it moves from Route 2027 onto Route 220.
Miller failed to yield to traffic when she entered the intersection with Route 220, Carman said.
"She pulled directly out in front of a fully loaded dump truck," Carman said. "For unknown reasons, she pulled out into the path of the truck."
Smith, 42, was wearing a seat belt and was uninjured in the crash, according to the state police at Towanda.
Miller died of "multiple blunt force trauma," the coroner said.
Miller's SUV was "completely totaled," said Bill Roof, chief of the Towanda Fire Company.
The dump truck sustained "disabling damage" in the crash, state police said.
Due to the accident, traffic on Route 220 was closed between Route 2027 and Patterson Boulevard in North Towanda Township for at least three hours. Traffic was detoured through Towanda Borough.
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