2013-06-19 / Front Page

Man killed by truck collision

by Jazz Clark

Around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, traffic was backed up through Berkeley Springs for miles after a fatal collision between a snow cone vendor and a box truck.

Robert Wayne Hunt, Sr., 57, of Berkeley Springs, was serving snow cones in his 1997 GMC van at a regular spot down the hill from Reed’s Pharmacy, in the 1000 block of Valley Road when the accident happened.

A 2007 International box truck was traveling north along US 522 when the truck struck two vehicles before veering off the road and hitting

Hunt’s van with him inside.

Hunt sustained internal injuries and was transported to Winchester Medical Center. Later, he was pronounced dead as a result of injuries from the accident, police said.

The driver of the truck, Charles Thomas Wayne, 27, of Frederick, Md., was cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle. Wayne’s driving license was revoked following the accident, according to State Trooper V.E. Branham.

Eyewitness Derek Hovermale was walking the track at nearby Widmyer Elementary and witnessed the crash. He thought the box truck looked like a Penske truck with the company logo taken off.

Hovermale said he heard the sound of brakes locking up, just before the box truck hit a white car, which spun around completely and flew into oncoming traffic before coming to rest on the guardrail.

Morgan County Rescue personnel on the scene were able to pull Hunt out of his vehicle through the van door, Hovermale said.

Further investigation is ongoing by West Virginia State Police.

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