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Wreck claims life on U.S. 40

June 21, 1997

By ELLEN LYON

Staff Writer

BEAVER CREEK - A Boonsboro man died Saturday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Beaver Creek Road, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

Harry Rommeney, 66, of 9355 Childarcrest Drive, was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital, police said.

Rommeney's 1990 Subaru Justy was turning left onto Beaver Creek Road from eastbound U.S. 40 about 2:30 p.m. when it was struck from behind by a 1991 Subaru Justy driven by Sharron Louise McErlain of 9304 Stottlemeyer Road, Boonsboro, police said.

The impact pushed Rommeney's car into a head-on collision with a westbound Ravenwood Lutheran Village bus, police said.

There were 10 Ravenwood residents and the driver, Betty Louise Siles, in the bus, police said.

Police would not identify the 10 residents but said nine of the 11 people in the bus were taken to Washington County Hospital and the remaining two were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital.

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Police said none of their injuries were life-threatening.

The nine people taken to Washington County Hospital were treated in the emergency room and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

No information on the two people taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital could be obtained by press time Saturday night.

Neither hospital had a record of Siles being treated.

McErlain was taken to Washington County Hospital for observation, police said.

No charges have been filed, police said. The accident is still under investigation.

U.S. 40 was closed from Beaver Creek Road west to the intersection with Md. 66 until about 6 p.m., police said.

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