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Three injured in Jefferson County crash

August 17, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Three people were injured Monday afternoon when a tractor-trailer collided with a pickup truck with a camper in its bed on U.S. 340 near the Rainbow Diner, south of Charles Town.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Deputy R.S. Sell said a man in the camper and his mother were airlifted in separate helicopters to Fairfax Inova Hospital in Virginia.

Their conditions could not be obtained because Sell would not release their names.

The wreck happened around 12:45 p.m. as the driver of the tractor-trailer headed north on U.S. 340. Sell also declined to release that man's name, but said he was hauling lumber and is from Lexington, Ky.

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Sell said a car was stopped on U.S. 340, waiting to turn left. The driver of the 2000 Kenworth tractor-trailer realized he was not going to be able to stop in time, so he cut quickly to his left - into the lane of oncoming traffic, Sell said.

At the same time, the driver of the 2001 Dodge pickup truck heading south saw what was happening and saw the tractor-trailer swerve toward him, he said. Sell said that man tried to avoid the collision, but his pickup truck was hit just behind the driver's side door.

The driver of the pickup truck, 55, was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital for minor injuries, Sell said.

The camper - the type that is installed directly in a pickup truck bed - was separated from the bed. An 18-year-old man in the camper at the time of the collision was ejected and was the most seriously injured person, Sell said. Sell said the man suffered a head laceration.

The 18-year-old's mother, 47, who was a passenger in the cab of the pickup truck, also was taken to Fairfax Inova by helicopter.

The family in the camper is from Lynchburg, Va., Sell said.

Sell charged the driver of the tractor-trailer, who was not injured, with failure to maintain control and improper passing.

Traffic was not halted because both trucks came to rest in the diner's parking lot, Sell said. He said the car that was waiting to turn left was not hit.

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