By RICHARD F. BELISLE
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A sharp increase in traffic accidents, most of them minor, has prompted the Washington Township Police Department to seek help with road patrols from the Pennsylvania State Police, said the acting township police chief, Sgt. Barry Keller.
Keller said his department, which is currently down by one officer, have investigated 216 traffic accidents so far this year compared to 188 for all of 1996.
"On one shift this month we investigated four accidents," he said.
Most of the accidents, 128 of them, involved more than one vehicle, according to a monthly police department report released for October 1997.