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Two die when they are ejected from back of Jeep

October 03, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

FREDERICK. Md. - The two rear seat passengers in a 2005 Jeep Liberty lost their lives late Monday when they were ejected from the vehicle after it overturned on U.S. 340 west of Mount Zion Road, Maryland State Police said.

The 11:27 p.m. accident claimed the lives of Emilia Cruz Hernandez, 55, and Adrian Alfaro-Calderon, 35, both of College Park, Md., police said.

The driver, Raquel Hernandez-Cruz, 25, and front seat passenger, Victor Ayala, 21, are also from College Park, police said.

Their injuries were described as nonlife-threatening at Frederick Memorial Hospital, police said.

The road was closed for a short time while a helicopter landed. One lane was reopened as investigators tried to determine how the crash occurred.

The vehicle was traveling east on U.S. 340 west of Mount Zion Road when it ran off the road onto the rumble strips on the left shoulder. Then the driver lost control and ran into the median where the vehicle overturned, ejecting the two rear seat passengers, police said.

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