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I-70 crash kills man

Police say they do not want to specualte on cause

Police say they do not want to specualte on cause

September 13, 2006|by CANDICE BOSELY

HAGERSTOWN - One person was killed Tuesday night on Interstate 70 in an accident that left a man's body in the middle of the highway and brought westbound traffic to a standstill.

The accident, which was reported at 8:36 p.m., left a man dead in the middle of the highway's two lanes. The accident happened just west of the U.S. 40 exit at Dual Highway.

Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class W. Conner said the man who died was driving west when he ran off the road and hit an embankment. The man was thrown from his car, Conner said.

"From there, we're still trying to figure out exactly what happened," said Conner, who said an accident reconstructionist assessed the scene. "We don't want to make any speculations."

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The man's body came to rest about 100 feet from his car, Conner said.

Conner declined to release the man's identity but said he had a Frederick, Md., address. Police were attempting to contact the man's family.

The black two-door car, which Conner said might have been a Chevrolet Cavalier, had Maryland license plates. The car ended up on its roof in a grassy area to the left of the westbound lanes.

Debris from the car, including clothing and other personal items, was scattered around it and its front bumper was ripped off and on the edge of the road.

Although all westbound traffic was stopped, most drivers were allowed to turn around and drive the wrong way down an on-ramp to get to U.S. 40.

Several cars and trucks were stopped near the accident site, but most of the drivers said they did not see what happened. One man said the drivers of many or most of the cars that might have been involved or seen what happened appeared to keep going.

Another man said he saw the man's car flip into the air, but he did not see anything else because he was concentrating on not hitting a car in front of him.

Both westbound lanes were reopened a few minutes before 11 p.m. Eastbound traffic was not affected.

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