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Md. man killed in head-on crash

May 06, 2002|BY MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - One person died and another was injured Saturday night when a car going the wrong way on Interstate 70 crashed head-on into a pickup truck about two miles east of Clear Spring, Maryland State Police said.

Robert Coleman, 75, of Owings Mills, Md., was pronounced dead at the scene of the 8:54 p.m. accident, said Cpl. Benjamin L. Townes, investigating officer.

Coleman was alone in his 1987 Mercury Grand Marquis and was also not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident, Townes said. But the officer noted that seat belt use would not have lessened Coleman's injuries.

At the time of the accident, Coleman was westbound in the eastbound lanes. He collided head-on with an eastbound 1997 Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by David Edward Frye, 54, of Elkton, Md., who was also alone in his vehicle, Townes said.

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Seconds after the collision, an eastbound 1995 Mazda MX-7 driven by Julie Kristen Bortz, 28, of Olney, Md., was unable to avoid crashing into the rear of Frye's truck, police said.

Frye was treated at Washington County Hospital for minor injuries and released later Saturday night, Townes said. Bortz wasn't injured.

Townes said both Frye and Bortz were wearing their seat belts and their proper use lessened the injuries received.

All eastbound lanes were closed for about an hour and one lane remained closed for some time after that while the wreckage was removed, Townes said.

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