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Clearfield County woman killed in crash that shut down U.S. Route 322 in Philipsburg

A Clearfield County woman died after a one-vehicle crash at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning on U.S. Route 322 in Decatur Township.

Samantha Marchetti, 28, was a passenger in a green Honda Civic that crashed on Route 322/Philipsburg Bigler Highway near Graham Station Road Tuesday morning, state police at Clearfield said.

Andrew Wolfe, 31, of Cumberland, Maryland, was driving west on Route 322 when, for unknown reasons, the car left the right side of the road way. Wolfe “abruptly swerved” the car back onto the road, but the vehicle began to slide sideways across both lanes and collided with a tree, police said.

Wolfe was transported to UPMC Altoona by Moshannon Valley EMS for treatment of injuries.

Marchetti was pronounced dead at the scene around 8:15 a.m. by Clearfield County Acting Coroner Kim Shaffer-Snyder.

An autopsy will be performed Wednesday morning, she said.

U.S. Route 322 was shut down at the 2100 block for about three and a half hours while emergency crews cleared the scene. The road reopened shortly after noon, according to Hope Fire Company.

When Hope Fire Company arrived, the road was closed due to backed up traffic. One lane reopened to let all the backed-up traffic out, and the road was completely closed at about 8:30 a.m., said the fire company. Fire police redirected traffic while the road was closed.

In addition to the Philipsburg fire department and Moshannon Valley EMS, state police at Clearfield, PennDOT and Emigh Towing assisted at the scene.

Sarah Paez covers Centre County communities, government and town and gown relations for the Centre Daily Times. She studied English and Spanish at Cornell University and grew up outside of Washington, D.C.
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