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Fiery Crash Claims the Life of Montclair Native and Children

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. — A fiery crash claimed the life of Montclair native Renae Gilliam and her two teenage children Monday morning, Pennsylvania WGAL news outlets reported.

Gilliam and her two children were traveling on Interstate 81 in Franklin County, Pa. when the Nissan Sentra they were traveling in struck a deer and became disabled in the southbound lane around 5:17 a.m., says state police officials.

A 31-year-old man was driving a Chevy Trailblazer when it struck Gilliam's disabled vehicle. Gilliam's vehicle burst into flames as the impact pushed it into the median, killing all three of the occupants, according to reports.

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Gilliam attended the Montclair Public Schools and was a Montclair High School graduate. She worked for the City of East Orange for many years before recently moving to Georgia. Gilliam and her children had recently been in New Jersey visiting family.

Troopers stated in a release, "Law enforcement officials said the following in a statement, "Troopers from the Chambersburg barracks responded to a two vehicle fatal crash this morning at approximately 5:17 a.m. at mile marker 12 southbound on Interstate 81, Guilford Township, Franklin County. A Nissan Sentra was traveling southbound in the left hand lane when it struck a deer and became disabled in the travel lane. A 31 year old Chambersburg man, driving a Chevy Trailblazer, did not see the disabled vehicle and rear ended it. Upon impact, the Nissan was pushed into the median where it burst into flames. All occupants of the car were killed. At this time there appear to have been multiple victims. The driver of the Chevy was taken to Chambersburg hospital via ambulance with moderate injuries. The crash is still under investigation...." 

Interstate 81 southbound was closed for several hours following the crash.

The accident is still under investigation.


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