NEWRY - Two people are dead after a crash along Old Route 220 in Newry.
Dustin Claycomb, 30, and Paige Musselman, 21, both of Claysburg, died instantly after their 2010 Land Rover hit a utility pole along Dunnings Highway and rolled several times before coming to a rest in Poplar Run early Monday, according to Freedom Township police.
Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross said Claycomb and Musselman, who were not wearing seat belts and were thrown from the SUV, died of blunt force trauma.
Chief Terry Dellinger said the accident remains under investigation, but police believe it happened about 2:30 a.m. The wreck was discovered by an employee of nearby Leighty's Farm Market and called in to 911 at 7:32 a.m, Dellinger said.
Dellinger said the SUV had been traveling south, apparently at a high rate of speed. The cause of the crash remains unknown.
Ross commended the work of volunteer firefighters responding to the scene and said a child safety seat found in the wrecked SUV spurred a call to the Geeseytown Volunteer Fire Department Water Rescue Team. Ross noted it was unclear at first if a child was in the vehicle when it rolled, so the water rescue team did a search of Poplar Run and retrieved Claycomb's body.
Dellinger said a child was not in the vehicle when it crashed.