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Three remain in hospital following SUV crash

August 15, 2010

BRADDOCK HEIGHTS, Md. -- Three people, including two from Boonsboro, remained hospitalized Monday night after the sports utility vehicle in which they were riding in hit a tree late Saturday in Frederick County, officials said.

The driver of the vehicle, Job Smith, and a passenger, Ashleigh Shepherd, both of Boonsboro, were flown to the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, according to Maryland State Police.

Smith and Shepherd were in serious condition at the hospital Monday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Lucas White of Frederick, Md., was in fair condition Monday night at Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The accident occured at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Alternate U.S. 40 east of Maryland Avenue, between Middletown, Md., and Frederick, Md., police said.

The SUV was traveling east when it went off the shoulder of the road and hit a tree, police said.

When the silver Mercury Mountaineer struck the tree, Smith was thrown into the travel portion of Alternate U.S. 40, police said.

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Smith and Shepherd were flown to Shock Trauma by a state police helicopter, police said.

White was taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital, police said.

A wheel from the SUV became dislodged and rolled about 50 feet, striking an unattended parked car, police said.

Alternate U.S. 40 was closed for about 45 minutes for the investigation, police said.

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