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Two killed in accidents

December 05, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Two Jefferson County residents were killed in separate accidents Thursday, according to police.

Hayward Phillips, 55, of Millville, W.Va., was killed early Thursday when he lost control of his Chevrolet Tracker on a patch of ice on U.S. 340 near the Shenandoah River and struck a tractor-trailer, a Jefferson County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

Later Thursday, Josephine Morris, 73, of Harpers Ferry, died at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., from injuries sustained in an accident at the intersection of W.Va. 9 and Kabletown Road.

It is believed Phillips died at the scene of the first accident, which occurred about 250 feet south of Chestnut Hill Road, Chief Deputy Jesse Jones said.


At the time of the 5:25 a.m. crash, water was running across the highway, possibly coming from water that was running off the side of the Blue Ridge Mountain, Jones said.

As vehicles passed through the water and tracked it onto the road, it froze, Jones said.

The state Division of Highways had been to the area a couple times to treat the ice, Jones said.

Phillips was northbound on U.S. 340 when the accident occurred, Jones said. When Phillips' vehicle hit the ice, he lost control of the Tracker and it went into the opposite lane, striking a tractor-trailer driven by John Thomas Brunner, 51, of Middletown, Md., Jones said.

Phillips' vehicle struck the rear wheels of the tractor-trailer on the driver's side, Jones said.

Brunner, who was southbound, was not injured, Jones said.

Phillips worked at a concrete operation and was headed to his workplace in Frederick, Md., when the accident occurred, said Gardner Dillow, Phillips' landlord.

Dillow owns Shenandoah Mini Homes, where Phillips lived for 18 years, Dillow said.

Shenandoah Mini Homes is along Blair Road near Millville.

Like many people in Shenandoah Mini Homes, Dillow said he often would see Phillips when he drove back and forth to his home.

"It hurts you. We're just very very hurt to see that happen," Dillow said Thursday afternoon.

The accident at the intersection of W.Va. 9 and Kabletown Road occurred at around 2:40 p.m., West Virginia State police said.

Randy Saunders, 34, of Charles Town, W.Va., was westbound on W.Va. 9 in a 2001 Ford truck as he approached the intersection with Kabletown Road.

According to police, Saunders was preparing to make a left turn onto Kabletown Road when his vehicle appeared to cross left of center and collided with a 1985 Dodge driven by Morris.

Morris was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, where she died from injuries sustained in the crash, police said.

State police were investigating the accident.

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