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Man killed in wreck

April 07, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD and MARLO BARNHART

pepperb@herald-mail.com

marlob@herald-mail.com

A head-on collision Sunday afternoon on Md. 63 just south of Resh Road killed a Boonsboro man and seriously injured a Greencastle, Pa., couple, Maryland State Police said.

Jason Michael Kline, 26, of 8400 Tusings Way, was the driver of a red Jeep Cherokee that was northbound on Md. 63 when it failed to keep right of center and hit an oncoming car, said Trooper 1st Class Robert Care, who responded to the 4:22 p.m. accident on what is known as Greencastle Pike.

Care said Kline, who wasn't wearing his seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Robert Brust, 57, the driver of the 1998 Nissan Maxima involved in the crash, was taken to Washington County Hospital by an ambulance. He was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center Sunday night after treatment in the hospital emergency room, a nursing supervisor said.

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Terrilea Brust, 55, was admitted in serious condition after her arrival at Washington County Hospital by medevac helicopter, the nursing supervisor said.

The Brusts live at 11468 Nicole Drive in Greencastle.

Gerald Geesaman, 47, of Waynesboro, Pa., said his wife was driving his family's Ford Explorer southbound when the couple noticed that a red Jeep Cherokee traveling northbound crossed the center line and was headed toward them, he said.

"My wife swerved to get out of the way and the person behind us got caught head-on," he said.

The car behind the Geesamans was the Brusts' gray Nissan Maxima.

Essie Miller, 55, of 12602 Greencastle Pike, who was about 20 yards from the accident, said, "I saw everything happen just that quick."

Miller said she first heard the Explorer's wheels swerve and squeal. She then watched as the Geesamans' SUV swerved off the road into the grass as the Maxima behind them and the Cherokee hit head-on, she said.

"I saw the gray vehicle and the red vehicle collide, and the red vehicle went up in the air and actually rolled over in the air. It landed just like that," she said.

Miller pointed to the Cherokee, which was tipped onto its driver's side.

"The guy from the gray car yelled 'Help! Help!' and we called 911 right away," she said.

Care said in addition to state police, Maugansville and Williamsport fire company personnel and Community Rescue Service responded to the accident.

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