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June 22, 2012

Three killed in separate Garrett vehicle accidents

Three flown for medical treatment from Interstate 68 wreck

FRIENDSVILLE — Two accidents in Garrett County within a 12-hour period ended in three fatalities, according to police.

Maryland State Police are investigating a single-vehicle wreck that occurred early Friday morning at the 5-mile marker on westbound 68 that resulted in two people pronounced dead at the scene and three patients flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va.

In a separate accident, a 72-year-old West Virginia man died Thursday evening after his SUV was struck while he was driving on U.S. Route 50, according to Garrett County Sheriff’s Office.

The three patients were flown to the Morgantown hospital after the driver hit a sign post at 6:19 a.m. Friday, police said.

Maryland State Police medevac helicopter, Health Net and Stat Medevac flew the patients, according to the Garrett County 911 Center.

Northern Garrett Rescue Squad and Friendsville and Grantsville Volunteer Fire Departments also responded.

Westbound lanes on I-68 remained closed to traffic through the morning as a result of the accident. Further information, including identification of the victims, was not available from state police Friday night.

The Thursday evening wreck occurred in Red House around 6 p.m.

John Adam Delaney of Mount Storm was heading west in a 2000 Chevrolet Tracker when Renee Jean Gaither, 51, of Eglon, W.Va., failed to stop for a traffic signal while traveling north on U.S. Route 219 in a 2005 Dodge van, police said.

Southern Garrett Rescue Squad transported Delaney to Garrett Memorial Hospital, where he died from unknown injuries.

Gaither was charged for failing to obey a traffic signal.

Gorman Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

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