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Jefferson, Md., man killed in I-70 crash

December 04, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CLEAR SPRING -- A Frederick County, Md., man died Thursday afternoon on Interstate 70 near St. Paul Road when the pickup truck he was driving went into the median and struck several trees head-on, according to Maryland State Police.

Police said Andrew Franklin Maught, 26, of Jefferson, initially drifted on to the right shoulder, then overcorrected before crossing both westbound lanes of travel and going into the median.

It is unclear what caused Maught to drift off the interstate, Sgt. Mike Fluharty said.

"We may never know," Fluharty said.

State police and Washington County Fire and Rescue personnel arrived at the scene at about 12:51 p.m., police said.

One westbound lane was shut down while rescue crews worked at the scene. Fluharty said traffic congestion was not unmanageable, and that most of the slow traffic was due to gawkers.

Traffic on I-70 also was interrupted early Thursday due to a crash.

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At about 7:10 a.m., four vehicles were involved in an accident on the interstate near Mount Tabor Road in Frederick County, state police Cpl. Eric Corbin said.

It appeared there were no serious injuries in that crash, Corbin said.


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