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Two die in separate accidents in W.Va.

February 12, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

EASTERN PANHANDLE, W.VA. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., man was one of two people killed in separate accidents early Sunday in the Eastern Panhandle, according to West Virginia State Police.

Daniel Ashton, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash that occurred about 12:35 a.m. on W.Va. 45 near Glengary in Berkeley County, according to a police news release.

Trooper M.S. Armentrout said that when he arrived at the crash scene, the driver of a GMC Sierra pickup truck was being removed from the vehicle by rescue workers.

The accident occurred near Huckleberry Lane along North Mountain, police said.

Sgt. Geoff Petsko said Sunday night that it was too early in the investigation to make a statement about what investigators believe might have caused the crash.

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The second accident occurred about 1:35 a.m. on U.S. 340 near John's Family Restaurant in Jefferson County, state police said.

Rodger Herrell, 46, of Adamstown, Md., a rear passenger in a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire driven by Mark Herrell, also of Adamstown, died when the vehicle went left of center, hit a utility pole and flipped, a police news release said.

Mark Herrell was driving east on the highway about a mile north of the Virginia line, police said. He was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital and was in fair condition Sunday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Tammy Peters of Adamstown, a front passenger in the Sunfire, was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital and was in good condition Sunday night, hospital spokeswoman Teresa McCabe said.

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