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Hagerstown man killed in U.S. 15 crash

January 27, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

FREDERICK, Md. -- An 86-year-old Hagerstown man who, along with his wife, was active in the Williamsport Lions Club, was killed Tuesday morning when the car his wife was driving collided with a tractor-trailer.

Joseph John Ecker Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred shortly before 8 a.m. on U.S. 15, Maryland State Police said. Ecker's wife, Mary Lucille Stains, also 86, of Hagerstown, was driving a 2008 Buick LaCrosse north on U.S. 15 when she failed to yield to the tractor-trailer while trying to turn onto Hayward Road, state police said in a news release.

Stains was transported to Washington County Hospital, where she was in critical condition Tuesday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Roger Darnell Griffin, 41, of Hallieford, Va., was not hurt, state police said.

The tractor-trailer was carrying hazardous materials but the substances were not spilled, police said.

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The highway was closed for about 3 1/2 hours while an investigation was conducted, police said.

Ecker and Stains have been active in the Williamsport Lions Club and Stains is the past president of the Hagerstown Lioness Club, said B. Marie Byers, a former member of the Washington County Board of Education.

Byers said Stains and Ecker were married several years ago, and Byers said she knows Stains as Mary Stains-Ecker.

Stains, who is retired from Roxbury Correctional Institution, is past president of the Hancock Lioness Club and is a current member of the organization, Byers said.

"We can't figure out what they were doing out in weather like this," said Byers, referring to Tuesday's snowy conditions.

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