Westminster teen dies in collision

Sport utility vehicle struck dump truck

October 28, 2006|By Laura McCandlish

A 17-year-old Westminster teenager died when his sport utility vehicle collided with a dump truck and both trucks overturned at Route 31 and Tahoma Farm Road in Westminster yesterday morning, state police said.

Charles P. Diegel of the first block of Wentworth Court died at the scene about 7:15 a.m. Diegel's black Mercury Mountaineer failed to yield the right of way to the dump truck, which was traveling east on Route 31, according to the state police preliminary investigation. At the intersection, Diegel had been stopped behind a school bus before making a right turn and striking the dump truck, police said.

The dump truck's driver, Walter E. Craig Jr. of the 7300 block of Brangles Road in Marriottsville, was treated at Carroll Hospital Center and released, police said.

With Diegel's death, Carroll County has had 20 fatal motor vehicle collisions this year, police said.

Anyone who witnessed this collision should contact the Westminster barracks at 410-386-3000.

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