Man, 18, dies in accident

August 16, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

An 18-year-old Hedgesville, W.Va., man died Friday afternoon after colliding with a tractor-trailer head-on while trying to pass another car, West Virginia State Police said.

Zachary Marshall Jones is believed to have died instantly, Trooper James Long said.

The accident occurred around 2:40 p.m. on W.Va. 9, about 31/2 miles east of Berkeley Springs, Long said. Both lanes were still closed as of 11 p.m. as the tractor-trailer still had to be removed from the scene, he said.

According to witnesses, Jones was driving a red 1996 Pontiac Trans Am east on W.Va. 9 when he tried to pass a car in front of him, Long said.


That stretch of W.Va. 9 is a short straightaway heading uphill that is a no-passing zone, Long said.

When the Trans Am went into the westbound lane to pass the other car it hit a Mayflower 18-wheeler head-on, Long said.

The tractor-trailer forced the sports car a few feet downhill before the two vehicles separated and the tractor-trailer went off an embankment to the north side of the westbound lane, Long said. The car stopped in the westbound lane, facing southeast, he said.

There was major damage to the front end of the sports car and the tractor-trailer's front axle was twisted, Long said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Norman Gaughan, 26, of Cumberland, Md., and three co-workers in the truck were taken to War Memorial Hospital, Long said.

All four men were treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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