Couple die, daughter hurt in accident near Frederick

Three-car crash causes five-mile traffic backup

October 15, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An Essex couple died and their daughter remained in critical condition last night after a three-vehicle accident on Route 15 in rural Frederick County on Saturday.

The victims - James Clifford Anderson, 71, and Nancy Jane Anderson, 57, both of Glenwood Road - were riding in a 1987 Toyota Celica driven by their daughter, Melisa Anderson, 30, of Pennsbury Place in Rosedale, when it was struck by another car.

State police said the Toyota was stopped in a crossover north of Old Frederick Road when it was struck by a 1985 BMW 524 heading south on Route 15 and was propelled into a 1994 Dodge Caravan that also was in the highway crossover north of Frederick.

The collision occurred shortly after 5 p.m., and prompted police to shut down a section of Route 15 - creating a five-mile backup of traffic leaving the annual Catoctin Colorfest craft show in nearby Thurmont.

Neither the driver of the BMW nor the driver and occupants of the Caravan were seriously hurt, police said.

Melisa Anderson remained in critical condition last night at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

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