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2 killed in crash of pickup trucks


The drivers of two GMC pickup trucks -- one who would have celebrated his 60th birthday today -- were killed yesterday in a head-on crash on Route 32 near College Road in Sykesville.

Both men, who were pinned in their vehicles, apparently were killed instantly in the accident about 2 p.m. They were pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Richard Jones, associate medical examiner for Carroll County.

Sykesville police identified the victims as Harvey Winford Noyes, 59, of Deer Park Road in Finksburg and John Christian Shaab, 23, of Woodbine.

Investigators said the pickups collided with such force that it was impossible to tell which direction either of the vehicles was traveling.

Mr. Shaab's black pickup buckled just behind the cab. The impact of the collision shattered the flywheel and timing chain housing on the vehicle's engine and scattered them over the highway.

That vehicle came to rest on its right side in the northbound lane, facing south.

Mr. Noyes' red and white pickup came to rest on its roof, with the rear of the truck lying off the right side of the southbound lane in a drainage ditch. A state police reconstruction team marked the position of each pickup and a set of skid marks in the southbound lane before the trucks were righted and taken from the scene. The team planned to try to reconstruct the accident today after morning rush hour.

Police requested information from anyone who may have witnessed the accident. Witnesses may call police at 410-848-3111 or 876-2101 in Westminster or Sykesville police at 410-795-0757.

Mr. Shaab was wearing a seat belt, but it was unclear whether Mr. Noyes was wearing one, police said.

Emergency crews from the Sykesville-Freedom Rescue Squad cut the roof and left door off Mr. Shaab's truck to remove him after the truck was righted.

Route 32 was closed for more than three hours while investigators examined the scene, measured skid marks and examined scuff marks on the highway made by the trucks as they overturned.

Southbound traffic was routed from Route 32 on Sandosky Road to Main Street, across the Patapsco River into Howard County and back to Route 32. Northbound traffic was detoured using the reverse route.

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