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Hancock man dies in crash

December 30, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY - A Hancock man was killed and a Carroll County, Md., teenager was seriously injured in a crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 70, Maryland State Police said.

Shawn Bradley Mann, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene of the two-car collision that occurred at about 11 a.m. on I-70 between Hagerstown and Clear Spring, police said.

A 1995 Chevrolet Blazer driven by a 17-year-old Finksburg, Md., resident, and a 1997 Oldsmobile driven by Mann collided when the teenager attempted to change lanes, police said. Both drivers lost control of their vehicles, which overturned several times after leaving the road, Maryland State Police Cpl. Wayne Wachsmuth said.

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Mann, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle, said Wachsmuth.

"Both were side-by-side. One (the juvenile) tried to make a lane change and hit the other, kind of like a sideswipe," Wachsmuth said.

A passenger in Mann's vehicle, his wife Shelly Mann, 24, was taken to Washington County Hospital, Wachsmuth said. A hospital spokeswoman said she was treated and released.

Wachsmuth said there were two juveniles inside the Blazer, the driver and a 15-year-old Finksburg resident. Wachsmuth said one of the two sustained serious injuries in the crash.

No information was released on their identities or their conditions Wednesday evening.

Traffic was stopped on eastbound I-70 for about three hours, Wachsmuth said. He said the investigation, being led by Trooper Robert Care, was continuing.

Care could not be reached by telephone Wednesday.

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