By Alex Bridges -- email@example.com
GORE -- A two-vehicle, head-on crash in western Frederick County sent a West Virginia man to the hospital with extensive injuries, authorities said.
A 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup collided with an eastbound 2012 Volvo tractor-trailer in the 8400 block of Northwestern Pike (U.S. 50) at approximately 10:15 a.m., according to Frederick County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Richardson.
A Maryland State Police helicopter crew took the pickup driver, identified as Rodney T. Llewellyn, 40, of Capon Bridge, to Winchester Medical Center after the crash, Richardson said. But soon after the hospital transferred Llewellyn to Inova Fairfax for treatment of extensive injuries, according to Richardson. The official said he didn't know whether Llewellyn had his seat belt on at the time of the crash.
A spokesman for Inova said the hospital had no one listed as a patient under the name given by authorities. A patient may not appear in an Inova hospital's registry if that person or a family member asks that the name go on the "do not announce" list, according to Tony Raker.
Crews from Gore, Gainesboro, Reynolds Store and Round Hill volunteer fire and rescue companies responded to the crash. Rescue workers had to extricate Llewellyn from the pickup. Authorities shut down U.S. 50 in both directions for several hours to allow responders and workers from the Virginia Department of Transportation to clean up crash debris and fuel leaks.
The tractor-trailer driver, Deborah M. Nash, 41, of Cartersville, N.C., had on her seat belt at the time of the crash and reported no injuries, according to Richardson.
Witnesses at the scene told officers they saw the pickup traveling in the westbound lane of the two-lane highway, according to Richardson. The pickup then "abruptly turned into the path of the tractor-trailer" in the eastbound lane, Richardson said.
The crash remains under investigation. Authorities had not determined early Friday afternoon why the pickup veered into oncoming traffic, Richardson said. No charges had been issued.
The tractor-trailer, hauling 46,000 pounds of paper, and the pickup sustained extensive damage, according to Richardson.