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Firefighter, 20, killed while responding to crash

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Photo courtesy of Cornwall Borough Police Department Photo courtesy of Cornwall Borough Police Department
Photo courtesy of Cornwall Borough Police Department Photo courtesy of Cornwall Borough Police Department
CORNWALL, Pa. (WHTM) -

Police say a 20-year-old volunteer firefighter was killed in a crash on Route 322 in Lebanon County while en route to the scene of another accident in the area.

Investigators said Quentin Volunteer Fire Company volunteer Bruce Sensenig was heading to the scene of a crash at Routes 72 and 117, called in at 6:21 p.m.

About three-quarters of a mile from the fire department, he crossed the center line on Route 322 eastbound and lost control of his car.

According to Cornwall Boro Police Chief Bruce Harris, Sensenig was broadsided by a van driving westbound at 6:29 p.m. The van hit his passenger side, and he died immediately upon impact.

The driver of the van, Wayne Geltz, 63, was taken to Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Harris said that members of the Quentin Volunteer Fire Company were the first at the scene, but when it was discovered that the man killed was one of their own, the Mount Gretna Fire Company relieved them of their duties.

According to Harris, weather likely played a role in the crash.

"It was raining extremely hard when it happened," Harris said.

The scene was cleared shortly after 10 p.m. Monday.

 

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