FCSO respond to accident that shutdown 522 for 5 hours

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) report a single vehicle accident that shutdown Southbound lanes of Route 522 for nearly 5 hours Tues. Aug. 23.

At approximately 2:45 p.m. a 2015 Volkswagen Golf traveling south in the 6000 block of North Frederick Pike near Cross Junction left the roadway.

The vehicle ran on the grassy shoulder for approximately 40 yards before hitting a tree head on causing catastrophic damage.

The vehicle continued into the wooded area another approximate 60 feet coming to a final stop on its roof.

The impact was so intense portions of the vehicle broke away from the chassis including the engine block and transmission.

The fuel line ruptured sparking an intense fire that consumed what was left of the vehicle and set the surrounding brush ablaze.

Fire and Rescue Companies from Gainseboro, and Reynolds Store extinguished the fire and were able to get to the remains of the driver still inside the vehicle.

Positive visual identification of the remains was not possible and will be confirmed by the Medical Examiner’s evaluation.

There is no evidence or indication why the vehicle left the road but speed is believed to have been a factor.

Further investigation indicates the victim was 25 year old Benjamin Douglas of Berkeley Springs West Virginia who drives the route to and from work daily.

Southbound traffic was able to continue on one lane in a little over an hour.

Full travel was restored by 7:31 p.m. when all crews were able to clear the scene.

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