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Man in critical condition after three-vehicle accident

March 31, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

MYERSVILLE, Md. - A 22-year-old Boonsboro man was airlifted to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center Thursday morning after sustaining injuries in a three-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 in Frederick County, Maryland State Police said in a written release.

Charles Brandon Vaughn was in critical condition at the Baltimore hospital late Thursday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

At 7:42 a.m., Vaughn was driving a 1994 Ford Explorer east on I-70, west of Mount Tabor Road, when he lost control of his vehicle when he approached slower traffic in front of him, the release states.

Vaughn pulled the Explorer to the left shoulder of the highway, but lost control and slid back into the fast lane, at which point the sport utility vehicle "barrel rolled" into the rear of a 2005 Nissan Maxima, the release states.

The Explorer rolled over the Maxima, which was being driven by Jennifer Lynn Orndorff, 25, of Frederick, police said.

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Vaughn, who was not wearing his seat belt, was thrown from the Explorer, the release states.

Orndorff's Maxima was pushed into a 2005 Chrysler 300, operated by Gustavea Gabrielson, 37, of Edensburg, Pa., according to the release.

Both the Chrysler and the Maxima skidded into the left shoulder at that time, police said.

Gabrielson did not sustain injuries. Orndorff was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for treatment and later was released, police said.

Speed was a factor in the collision, police said. Vaughn was cited for allegedly failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision, police said.

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