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W.Va. man dies following wreck

August 19, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

A Berkeley Springs man who was hurt in a crash involving two tractor-trailers near Johnsville, Md., on Monday died Wednesday at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Randy Hovermale, of Johnson Mill Road, died at 11:11 a.m., said his wife, Phyllis Hovermale.

Hovermale drove tractor-trailers for about 20 years and was a longtime member of the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Department, his wife said.

Police said a 1998 Peterbilt tractor-trailer being driven by Edwin Aponte-Rivera, 51, of Stacey Lee Drive in Westminster, Md., crossed the center line into northbound Md. 75 traffic and overturned in front of Hovermale's 1993 Freightliner tractor-trailer Monday at about 11:15 a.m.

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The crash occurred north of Johnsville, which is about 15 miles northeast of Frederick, Md., police said.

Aponte-Rivera was treated at the Shock Trauma Center and released, a Maryland State Police spokeswoman said.

Rescue crews worked for about 30 minutes to cut Hovermale out of the wreckage, police said.

A state police spokesman said Wednesday night he did not have additional details about the crash, such as what caused Aponte-Rivera to cross the center line on Md. 75.

Hovermale was working for a trucking company based in Falling Waters, W.Va., Phyllis Hovermale said. He started in the trucking business by working for T.H. Compton, a trucking company in Morgan County, W.Va., his wife said.

Hovermale was a member of the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Department for about 28 years and was a fire police officer, his wife said.

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