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Md. man dies in W.Va. crash

May 04, 2000

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A Severn, Md., man died after his van collided head-on with a tractor-trailer on U.S. 340 Thursday afternoon, police said.

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Richard Scrivnor, age unavailable, died after his van collided with the truck at the intersection of U.S. 340 and Union St., said Harpers Ferry Police Officer Andy Sherman.

The 2:12 p.m. collision occurred following another minor traffic accident on the road, Sherman said.

The first accident occurred when the driver of a car who was waiting to make a left turn from U.S. 340 to Union Street was rear-ended by a second car in the northbound lane, Sherman said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, which was also traveling north on U.S. 340, locked up his brakes in an attempt to avoid the first accident, Sherman said. The tractor-trailer went into the southbound lane, where it collided head-on with Scrivnor's GMC van, which was headed south, Sherman said.

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A sports utility vehicle in front of Scrivnor's van was able to swerve to the berm to avoid the truck, Sherman said. It appeared Scrivnor had nowhere to go to avoid the truck, Sherman said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Paul Jackson, age unavailable, of Savage, Md., and a child in Scrivnor's car, were flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Sherman said. He said Jackson's injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

A spokeswoman at INOVA Fairfax Hospital said Jackson was treated and released from the emergency room at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The name or the condition of the child was not available Thursday night.

Traffic on U.S. 340 was shut down after the accident, backing up traffic for miles in both directions for about two hours, police said.

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