Turner driver dies in crash

October 04, 1997


Staff Writer

MYERSVILLE, Md. - A 51-year-old Turner Transporation driver died in a fiery crash on westbound Interstate 70 at about 8 p.m. Friday just east of the rest area near the border of Frederick and Washington counties.

Harry Melvin Showe of Hagerstown was driving the silver 1989 Chevrolet Cavalier recklessly, swerving in and out of traffic at about 80 mph uphill, according to Maryland State Police.

After swerving to avoid one car, Showe lost control and the car veered into the median before slamming into a tree and bursting into flames.


Showe, who was not wearing a seat belt, died of head and chest injuries and was not burned, police said. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Washington County Hospital. There was no passenger.

The Myersville Volunteer Fire Co. extinguished the flames.

Police said alcohol was not involved.

Thomas Lee Turner III, the son of Turner's Taxi and Turner Transportation owner George Franklin Turner Sr., said Showe had been working for the company on and off for the past 30 years. He was either the second or the third driver hired by the company.

Showe also worked as a cab dispatcher, reupholstering vehicles and in delivery services, Turner said. He was delivering packages for Turner Transportation at the time of the accident.

Turner said it was the first fatal accident involving a company driver that he can remember.

The company recently plastered its headquarters with flyers notifying its drivers of a new, tougher seat belt law that took effect Oct. 1 and urging them to buckle up, Turner said.

"He knew about it. I guess nobody ever thinks that they'll be in an accident."

Turner said the man also worked at times for the Dagmar Hotel, driving their van.

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