Va. man dies in W.Va. 51 collision

August 25, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A 39-year-old Sterling, Va., man was killed late Saturday in a two-vehicle collision on W.Va. 51 west of Charles Town, said a Jefferson County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

Based on a preliminary investigation, it appears that William D. Thornton Jr. was traveling east in his 1986 Chevrolet pickup truck when he crossed the center line and struck a pickup being driven by Brian K. Woodall of Winchester, Va., Sgt. Sam Harmon said.

Harmon said Thornton probably was killed instantly in the crash, which occurred about 10:30 p.m. in a crest of a hill at the entrance to the Harewood historical home.


Woodall was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., where he was listed in good condition Sunday afternoon, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

After the trucks collided, Thornton's vehicle crossed the center line again and traveled about 100 feet before stopping on the south shoulder of the highway, Harmon said.

Woodall's truck spun around in the road and traveled about 50 feet before stopping at the entrance to Harewood, Harmon said.

Blood and urine samples were obtained from Thornton's body for testing, Harmon said.

W.Va. 51 was shut down at the site of the crash for about two hours while rescue crews cleaned up the scene and police investigated the accident, he said.

Traffic was rerouted around the scene while the road was closed, Harmon said.

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