7 injured in area wrecks, traffic clogs I-70

November 30, 1997

7 injured in area wrecks, traffic clogs I-70


Staff Writer

Two serious traffic accidents occurred in the Tri-State area Sunday on what was otherwise a fairly uneventful post-holiday weekend.

The steady rain that pelted the region all day appears to have contributed to both accidents, authorities said.

The driver of a car appeared to lose control coming down a hill on Md. 77 (Foxville Road) southeast of Smithsburg at about 3 p.m., Maryland State Police said. The 1997 Hyundai overturned, he said.

Trooper George Fockler said the driver and four passengers were taken to Washington County Hospital.

Further information was not immediately available, but Fockler said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

"They're not in good shape, but not in too bad shape, either," he said.


In Frederick County, two people were injured when a 1998 Saturn collided with a 1991 Honda Accord, Maryland State Police said.

The driver of the Saturn, Jeremy Arvell Terrell, 25, of Frederick, Md., apparently lost control on the wet road on Md. 85 south of Marcies Choice Lane and slid into the path of the Accord, police said.

The Accord, driven by Heather P. Godbold, 48, of Jefferson, Md., struck the Saturn on the driver's side, police said.

Terrell was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., where he was listed in critical condition.

Godbold was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital where she was listed in good condition Sunday night, a spokeswoman said.

The 12:42 p.m. accident shut down Md. 85 for about 25 minutes, police said.

Holiday travelers returning home jammed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70, Fockler said.

"It was pretty much bumper to bumper," he said.

Emergency communications officials reported a number of calls about disabled vehicles in the median of I-70 and calls from people wondering why there was a backup.

Traffic in the westbound lanes was not that bad, though, Fockler said.

A 19-year-old Martinsburg, W.Va., man died after a traffic accident on Friday. Kenneth Newcomb's Dodge pickup collided with a Federal Express delivery truck on Grapevine Road, according to West Virginia State Police.

Despite the increased traffic, however, area police reported relatively few accidents over the holiday weekend.

"It's been fairly quiet," Fockler said.

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