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Five injured in U.S. 40 accident

January 12, 1998

Five injured in U.S. 40 accident

By BRENDAN KIRBY

Staff Writer

Five people were taken to the hospital early Sunday after the Ford Mustang they were riding in overturned on U.S. 40 near the Wonder Bread building, Maryland State Police said.

According to police, a 1996 Ford Mustang clipped the mirror of a Chevrolet Cavalier in the westbound lane of U.S. 40 at about 1:50 a.m. and then flipped several times near the Wonder Bread building.

The vehicle was traveling at "an extreme high rate of speed" when the driver lost control, said Trooper 1st Class Rob Embly. He said witnesses estimated the speed of the car was more than 100 mph.

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The vehicle landed on top of one of the passengers, who was thrown from the car, according to Chuck Snodderly, an official with the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. Another passenger was trapped in the back seat, he said. Rescue officials extricated him from the wreckage.

The other three people were walking when fire and rescue officials arrived, Snodderly said.

The driver of the Mustang, Christopher Sensenbaugh, 29, of Hagerstown, was charged with DWI, reckless driving and excessive speed, police said. He was treated at Washington County Hospital and released.

Four passengers in the car also were taken to Washington County Hospital, police said. Morris Knight III, 23, of Sharpsburg, and Hagerstown residents Bradley Thomas, 22, and David Waters, 27, were treated and released.

Charles Carbaugh III, 23, of Hagerstown, was in fair condition Sunday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The driver of the Cavalier, Yvette Rockenbaugh of Hagerstown, was not injured, Embly said. He said the car was undamaged except for the driver's side mirror.

Community Rescue Service and ambulance companies from Boonsboro and Smithsburg responded to the accident, officials said.

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