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Police log

August 19, 1997

Hancock employee seriously injured

HANCOCK - A town maintenance employee was seriously injured Monday while cutting grass with a riding mower at the town's sewage treatment plant, according to town and rescue officials.

Riley Trumpower, age unavailable, of Pectonville, Md., was mowing near one of the plant's lagoons when one of the front wheels dropped into an animal hole and the mower overturned into the water, said Hancock Town Manager Lou Close.

The accident happened between 3 and 4 p.m. but wasn't discovered until about 6 p.m., when the town's maintenance foreman noticed the mower was missing and sent a worker to check on Trumpower, Close said.

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The worker found the mower partially submerged in the lagoon and Trumpower lying on the bank, he said.

Trumpower was flown to Washington County Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition late Monday, according to a nursing supervisor.

Frederick man injured in wreck

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was seriously injured early Monday in four-vehicle collision on Md. 85, according to Maryland State Police.

The accident happened shortly after 8:30 a.m. near the Ballenger Creek bridge, troopers said.

Christopher Hilton, 22, was driving south in a 1986 Chevrolet Nova when the car crossed the center line and ran head-on into a northbound 1996 International box truck, driven by Robert Brzostowski, 23, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., troopers said.

Hilton's car was then struck by a southbound 1991 Mazda driven by Michael Johnson, 27, of Frederick, troopers said.

Brzostowski's truck was rear-ended by a northbound Honda, driven by Robert Nicholson, 31, of Frederick, troopers said.

Hilton was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, then flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in critical condition late Monday, according to the nursing coordinator.

Brzostowski, Johnson and an infant riding in Johnson's car were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released, according to a nursing supervisor.

It was raining at the time of the crash, and the tread on Hilton's front tires was worn, troopers said.

Traffic detoured around I-70 accident

FREDERICK, Md. - A Boise, Idaho, tractor-trailer driver blamed an unidentified car for causing an accident that detoured Interstate-70 traffic for about three and a half hours Monday morning, according to Maryland State Police.

The accident happened shortly after 9 a.m. on eastbound I-70 at the ramp to southbound Md. 355, trooper said.

Gregory Gann was driving a loaded car carrier in the slow lane of eastbound I-70 when a car cut in front of him and he lost control, troopers said.

Gann drove onto the ramp and the car carrier flipped over, blocking the traffic flow from Md. 355 onto I-70, troopers said.

The ramp was closed for about 3 1/2 hours while the truck and damaged vehicles were cleared, troopers said.

Gann was not charged, troopers said.

Keedysville man charged in assault

A Keedysville man was charged Monday morning with first- and second-degree assault after his live-in girlfriend was choked into unconsciousness, Maryland State Police said.

Craig William Itnyre, 27, of 3613 Trego Mountain Road, was being held at the barracks awaiting an appearance before a Washington County District Court commissioner.

Trooper 1st Class R.R. Coccodrilli went to the home at 12:40 a.m. after the victim, Stacy L. Taylor, regained consciousness and called police.

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