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Two killed in Frederick Co. crash

October 04, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

FREDERICK, Md. - The two rear-seat passengers in a 2005 Jeep Liberty died late Monday when they were thrown 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, also are 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.

Police said 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. The driver then lost control and ran into the median, where the vehicle overturned, police said.

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