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Woman, 78, dies in Sunday crash

August 19, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A 78-year-old Charles Town woman died Sunday afternoon after her car was struck on U.S. 340 while she was trying to cross the highway from Marlow Road, police said.

Edith H. Lovelace was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., where she was pronounced dead, said West Virginia State Police Sgt. David Boober.

Marlow Road enters U.S. 340 on the south side of the highway. The road becomes Country Club Road on the other side of U.S. 340.

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Lovelace was attempting to drive from Marlow Road to Country Club Road when her 1988 Oldsmobile was struck on the passenger side door by a southbound GMC truck being driven by Rita Miller, 45, of Mercersburg, Pa., Boober said.

Both cars were heavily damaged and Lovelace was trapped in the wreckage of her car, he said.

Miller and two passengers in her truck, Brian Martin, 35, and Pam Creager, 38, both of Waynesboro, Pa., were treated and released from Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Boober said.

Boober said it is unclear who was at fault in the 11:57 a.m. crash and an investigation is continuing.

U.S. 340 was closed for about 40 minutes while rescue crews worked at the scene, Boober said.

Traffic was rerouted around the accident scene using Frontage Road, Boober said.

The crash occurred in a congested intersection where motorists have experienced trouble being able to turn onto U.S. 340 from Country Club Road.

In April, county officials said the state Department of Highways decided to install traffic lights at the intersection.

The highways department is planning to spend $30,000 to put traffic lights there, Jefferson County Commissioner James G. Knode said at the time.

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