Coroner identifies woman who died in Hellam Township crash


A crash on Saturday evening in Hellam Township claimed the life on an elderly woman, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Gertrude Uffelman, 85, of the 900 block of Eagle Lane on Wrightsville, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred at 5:37 p.m. in the 6100 block of Lincoln Highway East, the coroner's office said.

It's likely a medical event may have caused the crash, but the coroner's office ruled Uffelman's death was from multiple blunt-force trauma.

Her car left the road as she was traveling west on Lincoln Highway toward Wrightsville, and it rolled over, ending up in the small creek that passes under the road, according to the coroner's office, which was called to the area about 15 minutes after the crash.

She was not wearing a seat belt, the coroner's office said.

There will be no autopsy.

Wrightsville Steam Engine & Hose Co. Chief Chad Livelsberger on Saturday night confirmed some hazmat personnel were called to the scene of the one-vehicle crash. He said the car ended up on its side in the creek, leaking fluid into the water.

"It was enough to put a sheen on the water," the chief said.

Hellam Township Police continue to investigate the crash.