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Md. man dies in W.Va. crash

February 18, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- West Virginia State Police said Sunday that they were still investigating a three-car crash at the Opequon bridge on Charles Town Road on Saturday that killed a Crofton, Md., man.

Charles Adams, no age given, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a West Virginia State Police news release.

Trooper Clay Ellwanger was dispatched to the eastern edge of the bridge about noon Saturday and discovered that a Cadillac, a Honda Accord and a Mercedes sport utility vehicle had been involved in the crash, the release said.

Five patients were taken to City Hospital. The people riding in the Honda and the Mercedes were released after being treated, the release said.

Adams, the driver of the Cadillac, was traveling east on Charles Town Road when he lost control of the car and struck a concrete barrier, the release said.

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Adams' car went back into the road and began to spin, the release said.

The Honda collided with the Cadillac, while the Mercedes, driven by Anthony Patti of Shepherdstown, W.Va., hit the Honda and the Cadillac, the release said.

The Honda was driven by a Rhode Island woman, police said.

Sgt. Geoff Petsko was called to do a reconstruction of the crash, the release said.

The scene of the crash is where construction workers have been building the new four-lane W.Va. 9 and a new bridge that will carry traffic over Opequon Creek.

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