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Weekend accidents kill man, injure girl

May 26, 1998|By GUY FLETCHER

A Hagerstown man was killed and a child was critically injured in separate weekend traffic accidents during what Tri-State area police officials called a relatively smooth holiday weekend for travel.

At about 12:50 p.m. Monday, a 7-year-old girl riding a bicycle was struck after she rode into the path of a car at 13544 Pecktonville Road in Big Pool, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The girl, whose name was not released by the Sheriff's Department, was flown to Washington County Hospital by a Maryland State Police helicopter and then flown to The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The girl was listed in critical condition with head injuries Monday evening at Johns Hopkins, according to a hospital spokesman.

The driver of the car, Sherman Burton Jr., was not charged in the accident.

Early Saturday morning, Bart Jason Wingerd, 27, of Hagerstown, died after he drove in the wrong direction on Interstate 81 and collided with a tour bus, injuring 10 people, police said.

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Wingerd was driving his 1987 Honda Prelude south in the northbound lanes of I-81 near Martinsburg, W.Va., when he crashed head-on into the tour bus at 2:37 a.m., according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The accident occurred just north of the 1-81/W.Va. 901 interchange. Ten people from the bus carrying 34 people were taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg for treatment of minor injuries. All were released.

An autopsy will be performed on Wingerd as part of the investigation to determine the cause of the accident, police said.

Area police said traffic on the area's busiest highways and roads generally moved smoothly throughout the weekend, typically one of the busiest of the year for travel.

"We're not having any trouble," said Sgt. David Kloos with the Maryland State Police's Hagerstown barracks.

Kloos said traffic was particulary heavy in the westbound lane of Interstate 70 Monday evening, but there were no delays. The West Virginia State Police reported similar conditions in the state's Eastern Panhandle highways.

"It's been not too bad," said Trooper Eric Burnett of the West Virginia State Police.

Trooper Walter Brunner of the Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg, Pa., said Monday evening that traffic was heavier than normal, but there were no problems.

"It's been pretty smooth lately," he said.

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