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Thurmont man killed in one-vehicle accident

August 22, 2008

THURMONT, Md. -- A Thurmont man died early Thursday when his pickup truck crashed into a tree on Md. 806 near Thurmont, according to a Maryland State Police press release.

Richard Allen Caudill, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Caudill was northbound on Md. 806 (Catoctin Furnace Road) in a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck about 1:06 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle on a curve near Hillside Avenue, police said. The pickup skidded across the southbound lane and went off the road, police said. The vehicle struck a mailbox and then a large tree, police said.

Caudill was the only person in the truck, police said. No other people or vehicles were involved, but debris from the crash caused some damage to vehicles parked nearby, police said.

Investigators determined there were no alcoholic beverages at the scene, police said.

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