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Head-on collision on Route 301 kills 1

Sunday - 10/23/2011, 8:01am  ET

Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

LA PLATA, Md. - A head-on collision in Charles County early Sunday morning has left one man dead.

Maryland State police says 40-year-old Eugene Kantner, of Hazel Township, Penn., was driving a Izuzu trooper northbound in the southbound lane of Route 301 in La Plata near Fairgrounds Road around 1:30 a.m. when his car collided with a Toyota Corolla traveling in the right direction.

Kantner was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital.

The Corolla's driver, 34-year-old Randy Datcher, of Nanemejoy, Md., and a passenger, 32-year-old Shanelle Marshall, of Accokeek, Md., were taken to the Baltimore Shock Trauma Center. Their conditions are unknown.

Police say Datcher tried to avoid the collision with Kantner's car, and sideswiped a tractor trailer. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.

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