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Hedgesville man killed, four injured in crash on I-81 near Williamsport

June 01, 2013
  • Rescuers move a stretcher to a waiting helicopter Saturday on Interstate 81 north of Williamsport. Multiple vehicles were involved and traffic was held in both directions to allow emergency vehicle access.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — A Hedgesville, W.Va., man died and four other people were injured Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 near Williamsport, according to a Maryland State Police news release.

Ronald Curtis Payne, 56, of 10721 Martinsburg Road, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which was reported at 12:23 p.m., troopers said.

Payne was driving a 1987 Dodge Ram van when he made a U-turn on southbound I-81 just south of the Md. 68 bridge, according to witnesses.

Payne then started traveling north in the southbound lanes at about 60 mph and barely missed striking several other vehicles before colliding north of U.S. 11 with a 1999 Honda Civic driven by Marvin John King, 20, of Honey Brook, Pa., troopers said.

Payne’s vehicle then struck the guardrail along the left shoulder of southbound I-81 and came to rest against the guardrail, troopers said.

Payne was partially ejected through the front windshield of his van, troopers said.

Payne’s vehicle traveled a little more than two miles from the time of the U-turn until the collision, troopers said.

Two passengers in Payne’s vehicle, an 8-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy whose names weren’t released, were flown by helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., troopers said.

King was flown by helicopter to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, troopers said. A passenger in King’s vehicle, Regina Louise King, 19, of Honey Brook, was taken to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown, troopers said.

Southbound I-81 was closed between mile markers 2 and 3 near Williamsport for nearly five hours. Traffic was being detoured onto U.S. 11, troopers said.

The interstate reopened after 5 p.m.

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