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Two killed in Interstate 70 crash

July 08, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

MYERSVILLE, Md. - Two people were killed and another was seriously injured in a crash on Interstate 70 Wednesday evening, Maryland State Police said.

Maryland State Police Lt. David Reichenbaugh said the driver and one passenger in a white Toyota were killed in a multi-vehicle collision on I-70 near the Myersville exit at about 8 p.m.

Reichenbaugh said another passenger in the Toyota was flown to Washington County Hospital with severe head injuries.

The Toyota reportedly collided with a black Acura in the eastbound lanes of I-70 and crossed onto the westbound side, Reichenbaugh said. The Toyota then crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer and went back into the median, he said.

Reichenbaugh said the tractor-trailer landed on top of the Toyota.

He said the two people who died had not been removed from the car by late Wednesday and their identities had not been determined.

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"It was a very violent collision. We're still trying to determine who they are," Reichenbaugh said. "The car was so mangled we can't get to them yet."

Reichenbaugh said investigators believe a yet-to-be-identified vehicle may have caused the collision on the eastbound side of the interstate.

Police ask any witnesses with information on the crash to contact investigators at 301-644-4151.

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