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IUP student killed in vehicle crash

by The Indiana Gazette on December 15, 2010 3:00 AM

WORTH TOWNSHIP -- An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student died this week in a head-on collision on Interstate 99 near her home in Centre County, officials reported.

Karlene Bilger, of Mifflinburg, was killed at 11:55 a.m. Monday when her southbound car crossed the median of the highway into the path of a pickup truck driven by Robert Warner, of Port Matilda.

Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers pronounced Bilger dead at the scene of the accident.

State police based at Philipsburg reported Warner, 69, suffered moderate injuries in the collision and was sent to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment. Emergency officials closed the northbound lanes of the highway for 2οΎ½ hours while they investigated the crash.

Bilger, 21, was a junior at IUP. She majored in management in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology. She was also formerly a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, according to an e-mail message sent to IUP staff and students by President David Werner.

"Students who would like to speak with a counselor are urged to call or visit the Counseling Center in the Suites on Maple East and to make it known that this is their concern," Werner said in a statement.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Roupp Funeral Home in Mifflinburg.

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