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Cumberland man is killed in crash

December 04, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

HANCOCK - A 39-year-old Cumberland, Md., man was killed early Friday on Interstate 70 near Hancock when he lost control of his pickup truck, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

Ernest Gene Mohler was pronounced dead following the 12:07 a.m. accident on eastbound I-70, east of Hancock, police said.

A passenger in the truck, Dale Franklin Wright II, 30, of Cumberland, was treated and released, police said.

A Washington County Hospital spokeswoman said Friday that there was no listing for Wright.

Police said Mohler was driving his 1990 Ford F-250 pickup truck east on the interstate when for an unknown reason, he left the roadway and drove into the median.

The truck struck a guardrail, causing it to overturn as it was veering back onto the roadway, police said. The truck flipped onto the driver's side and partially ejected Mohler, police said.

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The truck slid across both eastbound lanes before striking a guardrail on the slow lane's shoulder, police said. The truck then flipped on its roof in the road, police said.

Mohler, who was not wearing a seat belt, was trapped under the vehicle as it slid along the interstate, police said.

The interstate was closed for about two hours while the accident was being investigated, police said.

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