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I-70 crash kills Pa. man

January 20, 1997

By BRENDAN KIRBY

Staff Writer

MYERSVILLE, Md. - A young Marine returning home after graduating from basic training died in a traffic accident that critically wounded his brother Sunday afternoon, the Maryland State Police said.

The 1988 Dodge Caravan they were riding in crashed into an abutment of a bridge over Catoctin Creek on the westbound side of Interstate 70 at about 2:30 p.m., police said.

The westbound lanes were closed for about two hours while rescue workers tried to save the passengers' lives, according to Trooper 1st Class Gary Martin, of the Frederick barrack. Martin said traffic was diverted on to Alternate U.S. 40.

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Bradley A. Lundstrom, 18, of Indiana, Pa., was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital at 3:30 p.m., according to a hospital spokeswoman. Lundstrom's parents and siblings attended his graduation ceremony Friday at Parris Island, S.C., police said.

Brent A. Lundstrom, 14, is in critical condition at Washington County Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

William C. Lundstrom II, 46, apparently fell asleep at the wheel and drove off the right side of the roadway, police said. Lundstrom then counter-steered, crossing both lanes, and collided with the guardrail on the passing lane.

The van continued to travel west against the guardrail and crashed into the bridge abutment. A roughly eight-foot section of the guardrail, which was attached to the top of the bridge, came crashing through the vehicle, police said.

Capt. Mark Hinkle, of the Myersville Volunteer Fire Co., said the van flipped at least three times and came to a rest in the middle of the bridge, covering both westbound lanes.

William Lundstrom, Diana A. Lundstrom, 45, and Emily Lundstrom, 14, were apparently thrown through the windshield and landed about 100 feet down the road, Hinkle said. They were taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital, where they were treated and released, police said.

When rescue workers arrived on the scene, Brent A. Lundstrom, 14, was lying unconscious on the ground, Hinkle said. He added that several eyewitnesses said that the van was lying on top of him until they pushed it off.

"Apparently, he was partially ejected out of the window and drug down the road," he said.

Bradley Lundstrom was trapped inside the back seat of the van, Hinkle said. It took rescue workers about 10 to 15 minutes to cut off the roof of the van and pull him out, he said. Lundstrom was flown by helicopter to Washington County Hospital.

Hinkle said it is somewhat uncommon for occupants to be thrown from their vehicle in an accident.

"It all depends," he said. "It's fairly rare. It's pretty serious when it happens."

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