3 from family die in accident in Thurmont; Woman, daughter, grandson are victims of car-truck collision


A grandmother, her daughter and her grandson died yesterday afternoon at a Thurmont intersection when their car ran a stop sign and hit a State Highway Administration truck, Maryland State Police said.

Nuala M. Rigby, 69; her daughter, Michelle Lorraine Rigby, 39; and Michelle Rigby's son, Samuel, 3, all of Frederick, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said their Saturn was northbound on Stottlemeyer Road shortly after noon when the car crossed onto Route 77 without stopping and struck an eastbound 1-ton highway truck driven by Randy Plunkert, 43, of Hagerstown.

Plunkert was flown by MedEvac helicopter to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, where he was listed in stable condition last night.

Police were investigating the accident last night. They would not provide information on the speed of the vehicles or who was driving the Saturn.

All three adults were wearing seat belts, and the child was strapped into a child safety seat in the rear seat of the Saturn, police said.

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