CRS, fire department units crash

November 06, 1997


Staff Writer

Vehicles owned by the Hagerstown Fire Department and Community Rescue Service were damaged Wednesday in separate accidents less than three hours apart, officials said.

No one was seriously hurt in either of the accidents, but the CRS utility vehicle may be out of commission for two weeks, officials said. A CRS officer, who asked not to be identified, said the 1990 Ford Explorer is one of the rescue company's two utility vehicles.

He said the company is searching for a rescue company that could loan a utility truck. He said the vehicle, which he estimated sustained more than $1,000 damage during the 11:43 a.m. accident, often responds with ambulances to medical calls.


"We're hurting a little bit," the officer said.

In the accident, the CRS 1990 Ford Explorer was headed west on West Franklin Street when it was struck by a 1997 Ford Expedition that was turning left onto Burhans Boulevard, Hagerstown City Police said.

The driver of the Expedition, which was in the center lane, apparently did not see the Explorer in the left lane, Sgt. Ken Wasilius said. The driver of the Expedition, Stephen Allen Lary, 37, of Bowie, Md., was charged with making an illegal left-hand turn, Wasilius said.

The driver of CRS vehicle, Kimberly Ann Sprecher, 23, of Smithsburg, was taken by a CRS ambulance to Washington County Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Sprecher, an emergency medical technician, was on company business but was not responding to an emergency, police said.

The second accident occurred at about 1:10 p.m. when a Hagerstown Fire Department utility vehicle struck the rear of a 1987 Ford Escort in the first block of West Franklin Street, police said.

The impact pushed the Escort into a 1984 Plymouth Reliant. Both cars were stopped behind a vehicle that was parking, Wasilius said.

Four passengers in the Reliant were taken to Washington County Hospital with minor injuries. Charles Young, 53, and Joanna Bailey, 35, of Frederick Street in Hagerstown; and Pamela Jenkins, 36, and Christie Moreland, 37, of Baltimore Street in Funkstown, were treated and released.

The driver of the Escort, Alvey Pitsnogle Sr., 75, and Plymouth driver Mary Young, were not hurt, police said.

The driver of the fire department vehicle, a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina, was Capt. Randy Myers, police said.

No charges were filed in the accident.

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