Posted on Nov 20, 2013

One person died, and three more were injured, on October 22 in a multiple-vehicle accident in Washington County. The accident occurred when a car rear-ended a truck that was waiting to make a left-hand turn, according to Maryland State Police. Details of the fatal Maryland auto accident are as follows:

Robert William Semler, a 71-year-old man from Boonsboro, died when his 1996 Nissan truck was struck from behind and pushed into oncoming traffic the afternoon of October 22. Semler was stopped along Route 40 in Hagerstown, attempting to turn left at Toms Road around 2 p.m., when the accident occurred.

Korey Scott McCarthy, a 22-year-old man from Keedysville, crashed his 1991 Oldsmobile into the back of Semler’s truck, forcing the truck to turn on its side and slide into oncoming traffic. The truck was then hit a second time by a 2008 GMC Envoy, driven by 72-year-old Eldon Bowman Keller, of Boonsboro.

Semler was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His front-seat passenger was his wife, 65-year-old Deborah Semler, of Boonsboro. She was taken by helicopter to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center where she was listed in serious but stable condition the following day. McCarthy and Keller were both transported to Meritus Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Semler’s family was in shock following the news of his death, which occurred less than a week after his brother died suddenly. Semler retired in 1999 as superintendent of the sewage treatment plant, where he had worked for 28 years. He and his wife have two children and two grandchildren. We express our deepest sympathies to the Semler family in their time of grief.

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