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Hagerstown man seriously hurt in U.S. 40 accident

June 06, 2008

A Hagerstown man was seriously injured Thursday when he was pinned under his 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air in an accident on U.S. 40 west of Hagerstown, Maryland State Police said.

William Washington Turner Jr., 49, was in serious condition Thursday night at Washington County Hospital, a spokeswoman said.

Turner was driving west on U.S. 40 when he attempted to pass four vehicles in a no-passing zone near the Shamrock Inn at about 7:16 p.m., Trooper Christopher Barnard said.

Oncoming traffic forced Turner to swerve back into the lane too quickly and he lost control and struck a small embankment, Barnard said.

The car bottomed out and then was airborne for about 50 feet, he said. When it landed and rolled, Turner, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the car, and it landed on him, Barnard said.

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Witnesses lifted the vehicle off of Turner, Barnard said.

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