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Newtown Woman, Passenger Dead After SUV Smashed By Dump Truck


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A Newtown woman was killed when her SUV was struck by a dump truck.

The crash happened at Route 539 and Longswamp Road in Plumsted Township in Ocean County, New Jersey, around 10:50 a.m. Monday. The story was first reported by Newtown Patch.

Nancy Harris, 79, of Newtown, was pronounced dead at the scene along with her passenger, Helen Conover, 84, of Hamilton, New Jersey, police said. 

The 58-year-old Ocean County man driving the 2017 Mack dump truck that struck Harris’ SUV was transported to a nearby hospital with minor back pain, police said.

According to investigators from Plumsted police and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the dump truck filled with 20 tons of sand hit Harris’ Lexus SUV after she made a left in front of the large vehicle. The driver’s side of the SUV was smashed by the dump truck.

Police described the damage to the SUV was “extensive.”


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Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: tom@newtownpanow.com Phone: 215-431-1001