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Coroner identifies two killed in Elk Lick Township crash

November 11, 2018

Two Salisbury Borough residents were killed in a three-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon.

Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller said Thomas, 64, and Barbara Counihan, 66, were pronounced dead at 8 p.m. due to multiple blunt force trauma. The accident occurred on Mason Dixon Highway, or Route 219, in Elk Lick Township.

State police said that at 3:22 p.m. Thursday Mark Ohler, 52, of Meyersdale, was driving a tri-axle dump truck south on the highway when he veered into the northbound lane, striking the Counihans’ sport utility vehicle head-on. That vehicle was then rear-ended by a pickup truck driven by Mark Turley, 47, of Murrysville.

Turley was not injured. Ohler was taken to a Maryland hospital for treatment, police said.

The wreck happened south of Salisbury near 9944 Mason Dixon Highway. It caused the road to be closed in both directions for about seven hours. Salisbury, Meyersdale and Garrett County, Maryland, fire departments and Meyersdale EMS assisted state police at the scene. A state police forensic unit also responded.

Salisbury Builders Supply employee William Guthrie said Thursday while standing outside the store that speeding coal trucks are a problem on the roadway.

“They come flying down through here,” he said.

Police did not indicate how fast any of the vehicles were traveling in this instance.

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