PAXINOS - A 29-year-old Marion Heights woman was killed in an accident Tuesday afternoon on Route 61.

State police at Stonington said Tonya M. Kehler was the driver of a 2002 Jeep Wrangler that struck a tree, and that she died at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, while being treated after the 1:42 p.m. crash.

Trooper Jerry Hughes said Kehler was driving toward Shamokin when for an unknown reason her Jeep left the right side of the highway, went down an embankment and smashed into a tree, mangling the vehicle's front end.

Emergency personnel and firefighters were able to free Kehler from the wreckage through the driver's side door and she was rushed to the hospital. It was raining at the time, but it was undetermined if weather played a factor in the accident.

The victim was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

There was concern at the scene that an infant or small child may have been in the back of the vehicle since it contained a child safety seat. It was determined that the driver was the lone occupant.

In addition to Hughes and Trooper Nicholas Berger, also assisting at the scene were firefighters from Stonington and Elysburg, ambulance personnel from Elysburg and fire police.

The Jeep Wrangler was demolished and towed from the scene at about 2:30 p.m. by Tire Ranch of Elysburg.