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W.Va. man killed in crash at U.S. 340 and Keep Tryst Road

November 24, 2011

SANDY HOOK — A 70-year-old West Virginia man was killed Thursday afternoon when his car collided with a pickup truck on U.S. 340 at Keep Tryst Road in the southern end of Washington County, Maryland State Police said.

Robert Matthew Michalak of Charles Town, W.Va., was traveling northbound on Keep Tryst Road in a 2005 Mazda 6 at 2:46 p.m., when witnesses said he failed to come to a complete stop at a flashing red signal at the intersection with U.S. 340, according to a state police  news release.  

A 1997 full-sized, Chevrolet pickup truck being driven eastbound on U.S. 340 by Eric Ward, 51, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., struck the Mazda in the driver’s door as it pulled into the intersection, killing Michalak on impact, police said.

The Mazda then continued across the westbound lanes before coming to rest on the westbound shoulder of U.S. 340, police said.  

Ward and his wife, Kathryn Ward, who was a passenger in the pickup truck, were transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital and treated for minor injuries, police said.

Michalak was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy, police said.  

Traffic was detoured around the area for about three hours. The Washington County Fire Police, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Loudon County Sheriff’s Office and Frederick state police barrack also assisted at the scene.

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