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May 9, 2014

City man injured in wreck; passenger killed

HAGERSTOWN — A Virginia woman was killed Thursday and a Cumberland man injured when their rental vehicle traveled out of control on Interstate 70 in Washington County, according to Maryland State Police.

Investigation at the scene of the 1 p.m. crash revealed that 75-year-old Ernest Jones of Cumberland was driving a rented 2013 Kia Soul eastbound on I-70 in the right lane.

Police said Jones was distracted and did not observe that traffic had stopped due to construction at the Conococheague Creek Bridge. Upon approaching the stopped traffic, Jones swerved onto the right shoulder. 

The vehicle then entered the grass and traveled up an embankment where it struck a log and a small tree.  The vehicle rolled several times, during which the unrestrained front seat passenger was ejected. 

Helen Rose, 40, was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter Trooper 3 to Meritus Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. 

The initial investigation is being conducted by Senior Trooper R.D. Pittman of the Hagerstown barrack.

The interstate was closed for approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Various fire departments and ambulance companies responded to the scene on eastbound I-70 at the 21-mile marker.

 

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