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Two die in two interstate crashes in Tri-State

April 26, 2008

Two people were killed in separate crashes Saturday in the Tri-State area.

In West Virginia, a man was killed when two motorcycles collided on an exit ramp on Interstate 81 in Berkeley County, according to a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department press release.

Earlier Saturday in Washington County, a person was killed in a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 70, according to a Maryland State Police press release.

· The accident in West Virginia occurred as both motorcycles were exiting I-81 at Exit 14. A Suzuki motorcycle, which was driven by Timothy Croson, struck the rear of a Kawasaki motorcycle operated by Mark Kackley, Deputy C.D. Hess said.

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Croson's motorcycle flipped, throwing him from the bike. He then slid and struck a guardrail, Hess said.

Croson, 21, was taken to City Hospital, where he died from injuries to his head, chest and right leg, Hess said.

Kackley was not seriously injured in the accident and was not taken to the hospital, Hess said.

The accident still was under investigation, and no other information was available Saturday afternoon.

· The accident in Washington County occurred near mile marker 10 about 2:30 a.m., troopers said.

The driver of a 1991 Ford Probe was ejected from the car and died, troopers said.

The driver of a 1992 BMW was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries, troopers said.

No information about the identities of the drivers was available Saturday afternoon, troopers said.

The investigation continues.

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