A West Virginia man died Tuesday from injuries he suffered the day before in a traffic accident in St. Mary's County.
Charles F. Cole of Harpers Ferry was headed south on Route 5 in Charlotte Hall about 9:30 a.m. Monday. He made a left turn from Route 5 at the Charlotte Hall Farmers Market and failed to yield to northbound traffic, according to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office.
Cole's 1993 Honda Accord station wagon was struck by a 2001 Dodge truck driven by John T. Okoniewski of Lusby. Cole's car then hit a tractor-trailer driven by Early Clinton Cox Jr. of Huntingtown, authorities said.
Cox, who owns a trucking company, was getting ready to take a load of timber to the Eastern Shore. He said his truck was stationary when the accident occurred.
Cole "failed to yield the right of way to the young man in the northbound pickup truck. I don't know whether he just didn't see it or whether he thought he could make it across," Cox said. "All I know is that when he came across the road, there was nowhere else for the young man to go."
Cox, a veteran member of the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department, helped two paramedics free Cole from the car and resuscitate him.
Cox said Cole went into respiratory arrest twice before the ambulance arrived.
He said Cole's daughter, who lives in Mechanicsville, came upon the scene of the accident. She told him that her father was headed to her house. He split his time between Harpers Ferry and Mechanicsville.
Cole was flown to the Prince George's Hospital Center, where he died Tuesday morning. No one else was hospitalized.