Missionary working in Greencastle killed in Mechanicsburg crash

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Sadie Wells, right, lived in Greencastle while fulfilling her Mormon missionary term. The woman on the left had been dropped off in Harrisburg prior to the accident.

A young woman killed in a school bus collision Tuesday had been living in Greencastle. Sadie Danielle Wells, 20, Kaysville, Utah, was a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She was fatally injured at 12:54 p.m. Feb. 9 west of Mechanicsburg.

According to police investigating the Cumberland County accident, the 68-year-old driver of a Cumberland Valley High School school bus carrying secondary students ran a stop sign and slammed into the passenger side of a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze. That is where Wells was sitting. The other three occupants, also young female missionaries, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Of the 32 bus passengers, only two received minor injuries. The driver was not injured.

Frank Webster Jr., a member of the Chambersburg LDS Second Ward, said Wells and another woman rented an apartment in town. They had gone to Harrisburg for a transfer, in which the second person returned to Utah, and a new missionary was picked up to come to Greencastle. They were on the way home with two Shippensburg peers.

Webster and his wife Beverly knew Wells. She had dined at their home last Thursday.

“Sadie was a sweetheart. She was bubbly and loved talking to strangers, witnessing for Christ,” he said. “The Lord wanted her on the other side for some reason.”

Wells had been serving in the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission since May.