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Harpers Ferry man dies following head-on crash

September 12, 2011

BLOOMERY, W.Va — A Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man died following a head-on accident Sunday morning near the intersection of W.Va. 9 and Bloomery Road, according to West Virginia State Police.

The crash was reported at 4:11 a.m., according to a news release. Police said a 1994 Buick four-door sedan driven by Steven Michael Bernath, 53, of Harpers Ferry was traveling on W.Va. 9 when it crossed the center line and collided with a 2008 work van.

Bernath, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was later pronounced dead by Jefferson County Medical Examiner Donald Shirley, the release said.

Two people in the van were injured, but were conscious and alert, police said. They were treated by emergency medical personnel at the scene and later transported to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center, according to the release.

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