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Accident injuries claim life of Amsterdam woman

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Bob Walker accidentFuneral services are set for 10 a.m. this Thursday in Wolf Run for an Amsterdam woman who suffered fatal injuries in a two-vehicle crash Jan. 12 in Carroll County.

Anna DeMarco, 79, of Holligan St. was injured in the crash that occurred at about 7:11 p.m. and later died in Aultman Hospital at Canton. The wreck occurred at the intersection of State Route 9 and Cobbler Rd. (County Rd. 71) in Washington Township, just a few miles east of another state route intersection that claimed the life of a Carrollton teen in September 2012.

Troopers with the New Philadelphia Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said DeMarco was a passenger in a 2006 GMC Canyon pickup driven by Robert W. Walker, 76, of Third St., Bergholz. Troopers said Walker was driving the pickup westbound on Cobbler Rd when he failed to yield from a stop sign at the intersection of SR 9, driving into the path of a 2001 Freightliner tractor/trailer that was hauling sand used in the hydraulic fracturing process of oil and gas wells.  Allen R. English of Morrisdale, PA, was driving the tractor/trailer and was not injured.

The pickup struck the left side of the semi and spun around, ejecting Demarco from the passenger’s side.

Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams said when the pickup spun around, the semi ran over the back (bed) of it. The pickup came to rest on the east side of SR 9 near the intersection. The semi driver was able to control his vehicle and bring it to a stop several hundred feet on SR 9.

Emergency personnel at the scene said Walker was out and walking around at the scene and accompanied EMT Ambulance personnel when they drove DeMarco to the hospital.

SR 9 was closed for about three hours. Personnel from Griffeth and Son Trucking of Carrollton towed the trailer hauling the sand to their Carrollton yard and a crew from the Ohio Department of Transportation cleaned the sand from the highway. Members of the Carrollton Village Fire Department provided traffic control and assisted at the scene. Both semi tractor and the pickup were towed from the scene.

Troopers said both drivers advised they were wearing seatbelts. The crash remains under investigation.

Funeral services were to be held in All Saints Orthodox Church. Burial was to follow in the church cemetery.

It was the first traffic fatality in Carroll County during 2013. Carrollton teen McKayla Hoopes was killed in an accident at the intersection of SR 171 and 43 last September.

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