Woman killed when car collides with propane truck

A propane truck lies on its side along the southbound lane of Route 8 south after being struck head-on by a car that had crossed the center line. The woman driving the car was killed.

UNION TOWNSHIP — A Bloomfield Township woman was killed early Thursday afternoon when her car collided head-on with a propane truck on Route 8 south at the intersection with Club Road, which leads to Union City Country Club.

Rebecca R. Seelinger, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene by Erie County Deputy Coroner Korac Timon.

State police at Corry said Seelinger was driving north on Route 8 in a 2000 Ford Focus at 12:14 p.m. when the vehicle crossed the center line for an unknown reason.

Seelinger’s vehicle went into the southbound lane and struck a 2000 Mack propane truck head-on, police said.

After impact, the car came to rest in the northbound lane of the highway.

The truck rolled over on its passenger side in the southbound lane.

The driver of the truck, Anthony J. Kunick, 52, of Spartansburg, was not injured, police said.

Seelinger and Kunick both wearing seat belts, police said.

First Lt. Bill Fink of the Union City Volunteer Fire Department, which also responded to the scene, said the truck was not carrying propane at the time of the crash.

The car sustained severe damage and the truck sustained moderate damage. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

A portion of Route 8, from Parker Road in Union Township to Mount Pleasant Road in Bloomfield Township, was closed for about four hours.

The crash is still under investigation.

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