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Man dies in W.Va. collision

April 08, 2000|By JULIE E. GREENE

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Charles Town man was killed and another man and boy were left in critical condition Saturday night when a pickup truck collided with a sedan head-on, West Virginia State Police reported.

Michael Scott Bartlett, 32, died instantly after a pickup truck driver lost control on a rain-slickened U.S. 340 near Wal-Mart around 3:46 p.m., said Senior Trooper A. M. Zaltzman.

The pickup's driver, Gregory Prichard, 21, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was in critical condition Saturday night at Winchester Hospital in Virginia, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Prichard's passenger, a 12-year-old boy from the Kearneysville, W.Va., area, was in critical condition Saturday night at Fairfax INOVA Hospital in Virginia, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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State police would not reveal the boy's name or whether he is related to Prichard.

Prichard and the boy, neither of whom were wearing seat belts, were ejected from the pickup truck during the collision, Zaltzman said.

Prichard was northbound in the slow lane when he lost control of the 1999 Dodge Dakota and shot across the fast lane and the median and collided head-on with Bartlett's southbound 1989 Lincoln sedan, Zaltzman said.

Bartlett was wearing his seat belt, Zaltzman said.

The pickup truck ended up overturned in the center of the southbound lanes, while the sedan went off the west side of the southbound lanes, Zaltzman said.

Both vehicles were demolished.

The accident closed both southbound lanes and one northbound lane for about an hour, police said.

No charges had been filed as of Saturday night.

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