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Sunbury Press childrens author Beth Lancione killed in automobile accident
Author of the "Solomon Screech Owl" series dies with her husband in a fiery crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Beth's Author Biography
Beth Lancione, of Etters, PA, retired from a long career in public education and began what she hopes will be a long second career as an author of children’s books. The Solomon Screech Owl stories, conceived as an eight book series in which Sollie will visit the seven continents in his quest to see all that the world has to show him, was inspired by Beth’s love for her grandchildren, her enjoyment of adventurous travel, and her experiences working with owls as a volunteer at a rescue facility for injured birds of prey.
News Report from Lancaster Online:
Husband & wife killed & 2 others injured after vehicle slams into tree off PA Turnpike
Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 10:45 am |Updated: 2:19 pm, Wed Dec 31, 2014. -- Jennifer Todd and Ryan Mellon Staff Writers
Two people were killed and two others seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday night on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lancaster County.
Driver Emilio A. Lancione, 63, and his wife, Elizabeth A. Lancione, 63, both of Etters in York County, were killed, state police Investigator Kevin Holland wrote in a press release. Jana M. Murray, 36, and a 10-year-old boy, both of York Haven, suffered "major injury."
The crash was reported shortly before 8:30 p.m. at the Lebanon County line in Rapho Township.
The vehicle, a 2004 Subaru Outback, traveling westbound on I-76 went off the roadway and down an embankment before slamming into a tree and catching on fire.
The Lanciones, who were the front passengers of the car, were severely injured and trapped.
Two rear passengers, Murray and her 10-year-old son, were also severely injured and trapped in the vehicle.
Police were able to smash out the rear left window of the vehicle, allowing Murray and her son to escape.
Passersby used fire extinguishers and put out the fire with the Lanciones still trapped inside.
Crews needed to use tools to cut portions of the car in order to extricate the Lanciones.
State police Cpl. Kelly Lentz said they were trapped for at least one hour.
All four passengers were taken to Hershey Medical Center.
Two Life Lion medical helicopters responded to the area. Lentz said Murray and her son were flown to Hershey Medical Center.
The Lanciones were taken to the hospital by ambulance where they were later pronounced dead.
Lebanon County fire officials took command of the incident. Crews from Manheim and Mastersonville assisted at the scene.
The Lanciones are the 60th and 61st to die on Lancaster County roads in 2014, according to newspaper and county records.
Sunbury Press Statement
"We are deeply saddened to have lost one of our most enthusiastic authors, Beth Lancione," said Sunbury Press President/CEO Lawrence Knorr. "Beth's energy for her work was unparalleled. She was so thrilled to finally see her books in print just a few weeks ago. It is such an unspeakable tragedy to lose her and her husband at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her extended family, her illustrator and lifelong friend, Kathy Haney, and the others injured in the crash. Words cannot express the shock and grief we at Sunbury Press are feeling at this moment."
Beth was scheduled to participate as one of five authors at the Childrens Day at the Sunbury Press store at 50 West Main Street on Saturday January 17th from 1 to 4 PM. In honor of Beth's memory, Mr. Knorr will read and present her books for her as she would have wished.