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Michael Powers, 70, of Mount Airy arrived on the crash scene and was helping clear debris when he suffered an unspecified medical emergency and later died.
Michael Powers, 70, of Mount Airy arrived on the crash scene and was helping clear debris when he suffered an unspecified medical emergency and later died. (Courtesy photo/Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department)

The driver killed in a Tuesday crash on Md. 26 in Frederick County, near the Carroll County border, was a Carroll resident, according to Maryland State Police.

Kevin N. Tevelow, 22, of New Windsor was pronounced dead on the scene after his car collided head-on with a tractor-trailer, according to a state police news release. The two people in the tractor-trailer, a water tanker, were also from Carroll County; the driver was from Manchester and the passenger was from Millers.

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Although an investigation into the crash is still ongoing, preliminary results suggest that just before 1 p.m. Tevelow, driving west on Md. 26 near Unionville Road in a 2016 Volkswagen, attempted to pass another westbound vehicle in a passing zone, according to the release.

However, according to the release, investigators believe Tevelow failed to yield the right of way to the oncoming tractor-trailer, which was headed east on Md. 26. The driver of that vehicle tried to swerve into the shoulder but could not avoid a head-on collision with Tevelow’s Volkswagen.

Tevelow was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, whereas the driver and passenger in the tractor-trailer were transported to Carroll Hospital to treat their injuries, according to the release, which did not describe those injuries.

Another man also died after the crash — in the course of its investigation, though, and not as a direct result of the crash.

A volunteer firefighter died while responding to a fatal crash on Route 26 in Frederick County, near the Carroll County border, on Tuesday.

Michael Powers, 70, of Mount Airy arrived on the crash scene and was helping clear debris when he suffered an unspecified medical emergency, according to a news release from the Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department, where Powers had been a member for almost 40 years.

Other firefighters on the scene immediately began to assist Powers, according to Libertytown fire company spokeswoman Sarah Campbell, and he was transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital.

He was pronounced dead at 2:21 p.m., according to the release. Campbell said Powers was then transported to the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Officer to determine the cause of death.

In honor of Powers, Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the U.S. and Maryland flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of interment, which was not announced midday Wednesday.

Powers had been a volunteer firefighter in Frederick County for more than 50 years, including his nearly four decades as a volunteer at Libertytown.

Traffic on Md. 26 was shut down for more than five hours Tuesday, with lanes reopening just before 6:30 p.m.

The chief medical examiner’s office, state police crash scene reconstructionists and the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office were all contacted after the crash, according to the release.

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