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Flying sign kills woman in freak accident on Pa. Turnpike

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 17 2012 09:32:55 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 17 2012 05:46:30 PM CDT
Emily Morris

Inset photo of Emily Morris courtesy: Journal Register

WEST READING, Pa. -

A woman has died after a freak accident involving a flying road sign on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Emily Morris died at Reading Hospital on Monday, two days after she suffered head injuries in the freak accident, the Berks County coroner's office said.

An eastbound box truck's mirror clipped the construction sign on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, about a mile west of the Reading interchange, in East Cocalico Twp., Lancaster Co. around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, sending the sign into the air, state police said.

The sign then pierced the windshield of Morris' westbound Volkswagen Passat and struck her in the head, causing her to lose control of her car, travel down an embankment and land in a ditch, state police said.

Morris, 31, of Norristown, Montgomery Co., was the web editor for Montgomery Media, a Journal Register Company. She had also worked as a freelance reporter for the Lebanon Daily News.