Middletown man dies after head-on crash on U.S. 40

Hancock man dies in crash four and half hours earlier

January 22, 2011|By DON AINES |

WASHINGTON COUNTY — A Middletown, Md., man was killed late Friday in a head-on collision on U.S. 40 east of Crystal Falls Drive, according to Maryland State Police.

The crash occurred at 11:56 p.m. when an eastbound 1991 Ford Ranger pickup truck crossed the center line and collided with a 2008 Ford van, police said in a news release. The driver of the truck, Tyler Shaw, 20, was taken to Meritus Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The driver of the van, Vincent Corvelli, 54, of Myersville, Md., was taken to Meritus Medical Center with what police described as nonlife-threatening injuries.

Corvelli was treated and released from the hospital, a spokeswoman there said Saturday.

Shaw was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

There were no other occupants in either vehicle, police said.

Shaw was the second person to die Friday night in a vehicle accident on U.S 40.

At 7:26 p.m., a 1997 Toyota sedan driven by Thomas James Kratz, 19, of Hancock, was westbound on U.S. 40 when it went off the south side of the road and struck a tree before landing in a ravine, according to police.

Kratz was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Passengers Travis Michael Shives, 22, and Joshua David Wertz, 20, both of Warfordsburg, Pa., were taken to Meritus Medical Center with serious injuries, police said.

Wertz was listed in guarded condition Saturday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Shives was listed in stable condition, she said.

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