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Man dies on U.S. 340 crash

August 26, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Police on Sunday were still withholding the name of a man who died after he lost control of his pickup truck and wrecked on U.S. 340 in Rippon, W.Va., early Saturday.

The man died after he lost control of his pickup truck about 1 a.m. Saturday while traveling north on U.S. 340 near Withers Larue Road, said Senior Trooper E.S. Fultz.

After losing control of the truck in a sharp turn, the man's truck struck a concrete curb, went airborne and overturned, Fultz said.

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The man was apparently thrown from the truck, Fultz said.

The man was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was later pronounced dead, said Fultz.

Fultz said he could not release the name of the man because he had not spoken with the investigating officer about the crash.

The man was the only person in the car, Fultz said.

It was the second fatal car accident on U.S. 340 in less than a week.

On Aug. 18, a 78-year-old Charles Town woman died after her car was struck on U.S. 340 just north of Charles Town while she was trying to cross the highway from Marlow Road, police said.

Edith H. 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, said state police.

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.

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