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Driver killed when car veers off road

November 30, 1999|By Andrew Schotz

WASHINGTON COUNTY

A male driver was killed Monday after his car veered off Sharpsburg Pike and flipped several times, a Maryland State Police trooper said.

Trooper 1st Class David Ward said the driver lived locally, but police weren't releasing his name because they hadn't reached his family.

The crash happened shortly before 7:30 p.m. near Fairplay, south of Hagerstown.

Ward said witnesses riding behind the man saw the car, going south, speed away from a red light on Sharpsburg Pike at Md. 68.

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As the witnesses got closer, "when they were over the hill, they saw the dust" of where the car left the road, Ward said.

Ward said the driver who was killed was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from his car. The driver was riding alone.

A mangled red car could be seen at the edge of a wooded area off to the west, far from a tarp covering what appeared to be the driver's body in a field.

Ward said there were tire marks on the road, but they weren't skid marks.

The car flipped at least four times as it traveled about 340 feet from the point it left the road to the point where it stopped, he said.

Traffic continued on Sharpsburg Pike as police and emergency officials tended to the accident scene. At about 9:30 p.m., traffic was briefly halted while the crumpled car was loaded onto a flatbed truck.

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