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Martinsburg man died following 4-vehicle crash Friday

October 03, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Clarification - This story originally posted Oct. 3 did not clearly explain some details of the accident at Edwin Miller Boulevard and Lutz Avenue in Martinsburg, W.Va.
West Virginia State Police reported that Gary J. Gregory, the driver of a 1999 GMC Sonoma truck, was attempting to turn west onto Edwin Miller Boulevard and pulled into the path of a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado. Police said the resulting collision knocked the Sonoma into the westbound lane of Edwin Miller Boulevard, where it collided with a 2000 Buick LeSabre driven by Jerry J. Kusner, and a 2006 International box truck driven by Charles E. Nichols Jr.

A 70-year-old Martinsburg man injured in a four-vehicle crash Friday has died, West Virginia State Police said in a news release Wednesday.

Gary J. Gregory was pronounced dead Friday at City Hospital in Martinsburg after the crash happened about noon at Edwin Miller Boulevard and Lutz Avenue, police said.

Gregory, who was operating a 1999 GMC Sonoma truck, failed to yield the right of way and pulled into the path of a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Dean Files of Martinsburg, causing the crash, police said.

Gregory was attempting to turn west onto Edwin Miller Boulevard from Lutz Avenue, police said.

Files was not injured, but the collision knocked the GMC into the westbound lane of Edwin Miller Boulevard where it collided with a 2000 Buick LeSabre driven by Jerry J. Kusner, 83, who was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

The GMC also collided with a 2006 International box truck driven by Charles E. Nichols Jr., 62, who was unable to avoid the collision, but was not injured, police said.

The Silverado struck the front left quarter panel of the GMC Sonoma in the initial collision and then the Sonoma struck the front left quarter panel of the Buick LeSabre before striking the right rear wheel of the box truck, police said.

Both Gregory and Kusner were trapped in the vehicles they were driving until firefighters freed them, police said.

State Police Cpl. J.B. Flanigan, Troopers D.W. Satterfield and M.W. Kennedy, and Sgt. L.A. Faircloth responded to investigate the crash.

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