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Two die in crash

September 15, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL and GREGORY T. SIMMONS

shappell@herald-mail.comgregs@herald-mail.com

FUNKSTOWN - One man was pronounced dead at the scene and another was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital following a crash on Alt. U.S. 40 near Cool Hollow Road Tuesday evening.

Cpl. Wayne Wachsmuth said Justin D. Slunt, age unavailable, of South Burhans Boulevard in Hagerstown, died at the scene of the accident reported at 8:12 p.m. between Funkstown and Boonsboro.

Wachsmuth said a passenger in the Ford pickup truck that Slunt was driving was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead before 11 p.m.

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The 22-year-old passenger's identity was not released pending notification of his family.

Trooper Michael Ford said the pickup crossed the double-yellow line on the road and struck a Mercury Mountaineer. He said a car also might have been struck.

Ford said the pickup truck hit the Mountaineer SUV head-on. He said the woman driving the SUV was taken to Washington County Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Her condition was not available late Tuesday.

The front ends of the pickup and the SUV were mangled and much of the passenger's side of the pickup's front end was crushed.

The Eylers were in their house at 9324 Old National Pike when they heard the accident.

Diane Eyler, 49, was ironing in an upstairs room, and Clarence Eyler, 55, was watching "Law & Order" in the bedroom with a window open.

Diane Eyler said she heard cars approaching, and thought to herself, "It sounds like they're coming awful fast. And the next thing I heard was, 'Bam!'"

"It sounded like an explosion," Clarence Eyler said.

Diane Eyler screamed for her husband to call 911. He did, then they both went outside to see what happened.

"I'm just shaking - I think this was the worst I've ever seen," she said about an hour after the accident.

The Eylers' home overlooks a stretch of road known as "death curve."

"That's what they call it, I guess for good reason," Diane Eyler said.

Police ask that anyone with information on the accident call 301-739-2101.

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