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Man's foot crushed by car

November 21, 1997

Man's foot crushed by car

SMITHSBURG - Four quick-thinking people lifted a car off of a Smithsburg man's leg Thursday, pulling him to safety.

Martin Kline, 80, of Loy Wolfe Road, said he was trying to push his car, which had broken down near Smithsburg Plaza. He said he put the car in reverse and began pushing it, but his leg got caught underneath the tire.

"I thought I could push it. I knew better than to do it," he said.

Tammy Miller, who works at the nearby Home Care Pharmacy, said she ran to the car and stopped it. After calling 911, she said she and three other people lifted the vehicle high enough to let Kline slide out.

Miller said Kline is a regular customer at the drug store.

Kline was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he said doctors told him the injuries were not serious. He said his ankle was placed in a cast and he will go for a follow-up doctor's visit today.

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Kline said he estimates the entire ordeal lasted about five minutes.

"It sure was hurting with the car on there," he said.

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