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Clear Spring woman, 72, dies after being pinned under van

September 22, 2010

CLEAR SPRING -- A woman was killed when her van rolled over her Tuesday night in the 14700 block of Mercersburg Road near Clear Spring, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.

On Wednesday, Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore identified the woman as Mary Lou Knotts, 72.

Mullendore said the accident happened at Knotts' home.

The initial investigation revealed that Knotts exited a van and left the vehicle in reverse. Authorities say they believe she tried to stop the van by pushing on it and fell underneath. Knotts was trapped under the vehicle for 20 to 30 minutes.

Fire and EMS units were dispatched to the scene at 10:05 p.m. and determined when they arrived that Knotts was not breathing and didn't have a pulse.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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