One dies in Interstate 68 crash

October 19, 2007

A Philadelphia woman died at Washington County Hospital after she was injured in a two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon near the Sideling Hill Wildlife Management Area on Interstate 68, according to Maryland State Police.

Verda K. Thomas, 83, died on the operating table at Washington County Hospital after she was taken there by helicopter, police said.

Melinda Parsons, 19, of Silver Spring, Md., and Jennine Thwaites, 19, address unavailable, also were flown to Washington County Hospital, police said.

A spokeswoman at the hospital said Parsons was listed in good condition Friday night. Thwaites was transferred to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.


Police said Parsons and Thwaites were traveling east on I-68 in a 2001 Ford Escort, went left of center on the wet roadway near the wildlife area and collided with a westbound 2006 Ford Expedition.

The accident occurred at about 3 p.m.

Thomas, who was not wearing a seat belt, was one of six people who were in the Expedition, police said. The other five occupants of the Expedition were taken to be treated for injuries at a hospital in Cumberland, Md.

Rescue units from Hancock, Clear Spring, Needmore, Pa., and Morgan County, W.Va., assisted at the scene, police said. Traffic was detoured at exit 77 onto National Pike.

The accident remained under investigation late Friday.

?Dan Dearth

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