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Man dies in crash on U.S. 340

May 23, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A retired police chief from Canada was killed Thursday afternoon when he pulled his car into the path of a dump truck on U.S. 340 at Union Street, said Harpers Ferry Police Chief Donald Buracker.

Robert Dyall, 80, of Chateauguay, Quebec, was driving down Union Street and turned onto U.S. 340 when his car was struck by the dump truck about 4:18 p.m., Buracker said.

Dyall was a retired police chief from the town of Hamstead in Quebec, Buracker said.

It is unclear which way Dyall was attempting to go on U.S. 340, Buracker said.

The dump truck, owned by B.J. Hauling of Bunker Hill, W.Va., struck Dyall's Mazda Protege in the driver's side, Buracker said.

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Buracker said he believes Dyall died instantly.

The driver of the dump truck, Raymond S. Cole, 53, of 571 Needy Road, Martinsburg, W.Va., was not hurt, Buracker said.

The dump truck and the car ended up in the middle of U.S. 340, causing police to shut down the road for about two hours, Buracker said.

Traffic was rerouted along Washington Street through Bolivar, W.Va., and Harpers Ferry, Buracker said.

Traffic in the area was further complicated when a truck traveling on the detour route struck a utility pole near the Hillside Child Care and Development Center in Harpers Ferry, Buracker said.

Wires were knocked down when the truck struck the pole, causing a traffic backup on Washington Street, he said.

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