Monroeton woman killed when car crashes into church
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - A Monroeton woman was killed when the car she driving struck a church in Franklin Township Thursday and partially traveled into the building, state police said.
Gloria E. Morse, 66, of Monroeton RR1 was driving east on state Route 414 at 1:43 p.m. when her vehicle drifted into the westbound lane of traffic, police said.
Morse over-corrected by steering to the right and lost control of her 2000 Buick LeSabre, police said.
The vehicle went off the south side of the road, traveled through a yard and struck the west foundation wall of the Franklindale Christian Church, police said.
When the vehicle came to rest, most of it was inside the church, and only the trunk and part of the rear passenger area remained outside the building, said Cpl. Roger Stipcak of the state police at Towanda.
A man who was a passenger in the vehicle, William Buckley of Canton, suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was transported by emergency medical helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, police said. A Robert Packer official reported that Buckley was later transported to Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia.
Bradford County Coroner Thomas Carman said he pronounced Morse dead at the scene at 2:15 p.m.
Morse was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, police said.
There was no one inside the church at the time of the crash, Stipcak said.
The car sustained heavy damage, police said.
Stipcak said it doesn't appear that Morse was speeding. He said that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
The church is located at the intersection of Route 414 and Preacher Brook Road.
James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.