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One Dead in Three Car Crash on Old Rt. 40

Maryland State Police say one person is dead following a multi-car accident Wednesday afternoon in Washington County.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - Maryland State Police say one person is dead following a three car accident Wednesday afternoon in Washington County. 

The incident happened around 2:05 p.m. on Old Route 40 eastbound near the intersection of Toms Road, between Funkstown and Boonsboro. 

Officials say one person was pronounced dead on the scene and another was flown from the scene with serious injuries. 

State Police say Robert William Selmer, 71, and passenger Deborah Semler, 65, were driving their 1996 Nissan truck and stopped in the travel lane waiting for oncoming traffic to clear so they could make a left turn onto Toms Road. Officers say a 1991 Oldsmobile driven by Korey Scott McCarthy, 22, was traveling down the eastbound lane and for unknown reasons struck the rear of the Nissan truck. 

Officers say upon impact the Nissan truck overturned onto the driver's side and was forced into the oncoming traffic where it was struck by a 2008 GMC Envoy, driven by 72-year-old Eldon Bowman Keller. 

Police say Robert William Selmer was pronounced dead on scene, and passenger Deborah was flown to Shock Trauma via MSP helicopter. Korey McCarthy and Eldon Bowman Keller were both taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment. 

Rt. 40 at Toms Road was completely shut down for almost three hours while the crash was investigated. The scene was cleared as of 5 p.m. Wednesday evening. State Highway Administration personnel and volunteer fire police assisted with road closures and the detour. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the vehicle crash is asked to call the Maryland State Police at (301)-766-3800. 



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