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Quarry owners plan no new safety measures

July 31, 1998

The company that owns the quarry where a Hagerstown teenager drowned Tuesday doesn't plan to make any safety changes there.

"We've done everything we can do. If people want to break in, they break in," said John Long, vice president of government affairs and community relations for Martin Marietta Inc.

Long confirmed Thursday that Martin Marietta owns the property off Hump Road.

Nearby Hagerstown Block Co. leases a plant from Martin Marietta, but not the quarry, Long said in a telephone interview from his office in Raleigh, N.C.

There are fences around the property and the quarry and the area is posted "no trespassing," he said.

"We're extremely sympathetic to the family and friends," he said.

On Tuesday, Robert James Wells, 16, died after he jumped off a cliff into the deep water.

Friends who were with him said Wells landed face-first in the water. They jumped in after him but were unable to rescue him.

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