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Adamstown woman dies in 7-vehicle crash

January 22, 2006

FREDERICK, Md. -

A Frederick County, Md., woman was killed Friday in a U.S. 15 crash that involved seven vehicles, Maryland State Police said.

Patricia Adams, 66, of Adamstown, Md., was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Most of the vehicles involved were northbound.

Adams, however, was southbound, and her vehicle struck a car that had been pushed into her lane. Adams' 1998 Toyota Avalon then went into the northbound lane and was hit by a 2005 Ford F-250 driven by Derek Harris, 26, of Middle River, Md.

Police said four other people involved in the crash were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, but they didn't specify who.

Police said the crash started about 3 p.m., when a northbound 2005 International truck driven by Ronald Farnsworth, 57, of Hanover, Pa., struck a 2004 Honda Accord driven by David Snyder, 50, of Point of Rocks, Md.

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That happened on U.S. 15, near Mountville Road.

Snyder's Honda was pushed into the southbound lane. Adams' Toyota struck the Honda, went into the northbound lane and was struck on the passenger side.

Meanwhile, Farnsworth's International also struck a 2004 Volkswagen Beetle driven by Tracy Jensen, 34, of Frederick, Md.

Jensen's Volkswagen struck the back of a 1996 Toyota Avalon driven by Deborah Lewis, 45, of Hagerstown.

Lewis' Toyota struck the back of a 2005 Ford Explorer driven by Deborah Eckert, 49, of Harrisburg, Pa.

Police said U.S. 15 was closed for about three hours.

The investigation is continuing, police said.

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