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Fatal Accident in Washington County

January 19th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

A man died early this morning after a two-vehicle crash in Washington County.  Shortly after 4:30 a.m., troopers from the Hagerstown Barrack responded on a report of a crash on State Route 68 (Lappans Road) and Prosperity Lane in Williamsport, Maryland involving a tractor-trailer and a Dodge Stratus. Paramedics on the scene pronounced the driver of the Dodge Stratus, Chad William Walden, 33, of Inwood, West Virginia to be deceased.

While investigating the crash, troopers determined that a 2012 Freightliner tractor-trailer was parked along the shoulder of Lappans Road when the Dodge Stratus struck the rear of the tractor-trailer. A trooper with the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division was dispatched to the scene along with a reconstructionist to assist with the accident investigation.

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration was on the scene as well and had closed Lappans Road at Governor Lane Boulevard for several hours after the crash before reopening the road by about 10 a.m. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

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August 26th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

On 8/26/2017 at approximately 3:58 a.m. the Maryland State Police in Hagerstown received reports of a serious motor vehicle collision on Sharpsburg Pike in the area south of Bakersville Road, Boonsboro, Washington County, Maryland.

     Troopers responding to the scene discovered a two vehicle collision involving a passenger car and a motorcycle.  Investigation revealed that a 2005 Honda CRB600 motorcycle being operated by Trey Matthew Hinkle was traveling south on Sharpsburg Pike south of Bakersville Road.  Hinkle traveled into the northbound lane to complete a pass on another southbound vehicle in front of him.  At that time a 2014 Chevrolet Spark being operated by Lacey Lynette Leslie was traveling northbound on Sharpsburg Pike at that same location.  The motorcycle being operated by Hinkle collided head on with Leslie’s vehicle and then struck a wooden Potomac Edison electric pole.

     Hinkle was thrown from his motorcycle and later pronounced deceased by EMS personnel at the scene.  Leslie was injured and transported to Meritus Medical Center by ambulance. 

     Unsafe passing and speed are believed to be contributing factors in the collision.  Hinkle was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.  The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police Hagerstown Barrack.


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