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Police chief killed in 2-car crash

| Monday, July 12, 2004

Correction: Monday's edition reported incorrectly the age of a Somerset County police chief killed in a weekend car crash. Sheridan O. Caton, 60, of Meyersdale, was chief of the Elk Lick Township Police Department. (07/12/04 at 7:52 p.m.)

A traffic accident claimed the life of a veteran Somerset County police chief who was responding to assist a neighboring department early Sunday morning.

State police in Somerset report that Sheridan O. Caton, 60, of Meyersdale, died of injuries he received when a 1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo operated by Warren E. Christopher, 40, no address given, collided with Caton's 2001 Chevrolet Impala police cruiser in the 2400 block of Listonburg Road in Addison Township. The cause of death was reported as multiple blunt force trauma by Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller.

State police said Caton, who was the chief of the Elk Lick Township police department, was responding to assist Confluence police when the 12:34 a.m. crash occurred.

Christopher's vehicle caught on fire as a result of the collision, police said, and Christopher and a passenger in his vehicle, Mark A. King, 31, no address given, were injured. King was reported in serious condition Sunday at Memorial Medial Center in Johnstown.

State police reported Christopher suffered "major" injuries in the crash, but there was no information available about where he was taken for treatment.

No charges have been filed as of last night.

Residents of West Salisbury, where the Elk Lick Township police department and other township offices are located, were shocked yesterday to hear the news about Caton's death.

"It hit everybody real hard," said Ed Hollada, who operates Hollada's Garage in West Salisbury. "He was a very nice man , well respected."

Elk Lick Township Supervisor Bill Short said Caton was "pretty popular" among township residents as a member of the three-person, part-time police force.

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