One identified in fatal Route 340 crash

A Frederick County man died Friday after his vehicle collided with another for unknown reasons on Route 340 at Catoctin Creek, according to the Maryland State Police.

The Maryland State Police on Monday released the identity of the driver who died after a vehicle collision on Route 340 at Catoctin Creek Friday, but the cause is still under investigation.

Epamenondas Efantis, 41, was a Frederick County resident, according to Trooper First Class Adam Oleyar, the lead crash reconstruction investigator. Efantis' 2017 Hyundai Sante Fe was eastbound when it crossed the median for unknown reasons and struck a 2017 Subaru station wagon head-on, police said in a Friday news release. He was died a short time later.

Four cars with seven occupants total were involved, the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services said in a tweet. In addition to the fatality, one person was hospitalized while five others were reportedly uninjured.

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Hate photos like this.


A big shout out to the NHTSA and all the work they have done to induce or force automakers to up their safety game. Even fifteen years ago there would have been more deaths in this crash.


340 is like the wild west. Someone almost clipped me and forced me off the road this morning at the Petersville entrance.


Yes 340 is bad with the VA and WV drivers driving at high rates of speed. Tailgating and flashing light telling you to move. It’s bad. MSP needs to do covert traffic patrol on 340.

But, that doesn’t mean that him crossing the median wasn’t due to his poor choices

WalkTheTown ... unfortunately there's a history.


...and it's not good...


Four pages worth. smh...


Yes. And his name has made some FNP news stories in the past. He and his father both have gotten into some not so good stuff. Addiction destroys lives and households.


despite his troubles later in his life, ‘pauley’ was a popular guy. Lots of friends. People always at their house hanging out. The whole scenario is sad.


Hard pass.

Greg F

"He was died".....come on FNP....let's edit things a little bit....please.

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