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Man killed, two troopers injured in Fruitland crash

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Posted at 5:05 PM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 17:05:35-04

WICOMICO COUNTY — Police say one person was killed and two off-duty state troopers were injured in a three vehicle crash Friday in Wicomico County.

Police say a Hyundai driven by John M. Simmons, 62, of New York, NY was southbound on Rt. 513, following a Toyota Prius on the two-lane roadway. Reports say Simmons attempted to pass the Prius and crossed over the double yellow line into the northbound lane of Rt. 513.

Trooper King was traveling northbound on Rt. 513 and attempted to move the truck to the right to avoid crashing with the car in his lane, but was struck head-on by the Hyundai. Following that impact, the Hyundai also struck the Prius it had been attempting to pass.

Just after 7:00 p.m. Friday, an off-duty Trooper reported she was in a crash on Rt. 513, south of Moonglow Road. Police headed to the scene. Both troopers had to be extricated from their vehicle by rescue personnel.

The two off-duty state troopers are named as Trooper Graham King, 23, Trooper Ashley Thoren, 25. Both were riding together in a unmarked Maryland State Police vehicle.

Trooper King was taken Shock Trauma Center for treatment. Trooper Thoren was treated and released from the hospital late tonight and is recuperating at home.

Simmons died after the accident. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

A third vehicle, a Toyota Prius, involved in the crash was occupied by Deborah and Kenneth Couture, of Salisbury, Md. Neither person reported any injuries.

The investigation is continuing.