One killed in car accident

December 09, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

CAVETOWN - One woman died and at least three other people were injured in a three-vehicle accident on Md. 64 near Crystal Falls Drive Thursday evening, according to Maryland State Police.

Police said the woman, who was in her 70s, may have had a medical emergency while driving a Ford Tempo east on Md. 64 around 7 p.m.

She died while being flown to Washington County Hospital by state police helicopter, police said.

The woman was traveling alone, police said.

Her car drifted into the westbound lane and collided with a 1999 Nissan pickup truck driven by Ernie Hockman.

"Her lights were off and I could see her coming at me. I tried to swerve," but couldn't avoid a collision, said Hockman, 41.

The impact ripped the axle off Hockman's truck and left him struggling to maintain control, he said.

He said he didn't see the two other cars collide.


Hockman said he and his wife, Patty, were returning to their Hagerstown home after stopping to buy apples at a Smithsburg farm.

Patty Hockman received minor injuries in the accident and was treated at the scene, he said.

His pickup truck stopped perpendicular to the eastbound lane with its rear wheels on the shoulder.

The collision pushed the Ford Tempo back into the westbound lane where it crashed head-on with a Ford Escort.

The Ford Escort ended up on the shoulder and was facing east with the front of the car crushed like an accordion.

The driver and passenger were extricated by firefighters and taken to Washington County Hospital.

The Ford Tempo stopped in the westbound lane, where firefighters ripped off the roof of the car to get the driver out. All four tires of the Tempo were flattened and oil and fuel had leaked.

Pieces of broken glass, large chunks of headlights and twisted metal littered the center of the road.

The Tempo and the Escort both came to rest about 200 feet from the Mazda pickup truck.

Police said they don't believe speed was a factor in the accident. The only tread marks were made after impact, police said.

The names of the victims were unavailable Thursday evening.

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