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July 01, 1998

Truck accident blocks I-81 lane

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - An overturned tractor-trailer partially blocked southbound Interstate 81 in Antrim Township, Pa., for several hours Monday night and early Tuesday, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The accident happened at 11:10 p.m. about six miles north of the Maryland border, the police report said. Ronald Lee Keeney, 51, of Winchester, Va., was traveling south in the right-hand lane when the 1995 International tractor-trailer veered onto the berm for 168 feet, according to the report.

Police said the rig went back onto the roadway, flipped onto its side and skidded about 40 feet before coming to rest. Keeney, who was wearing a seat belt, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from Chambersburg Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.


The report said police did not know what caused Keeney to lose control of the tractor-trailer.

The report said the right lane was blocked for about five hours while the truck and its spilled cargo were removed. Firefighters from Greencastle and Marion, Pa., assisted police at the scene.

Teens injured when car hits pole

MIDDLEWAY, W.Va. - A 16-year-old Jefferson County, W.Va., boy was critically injured Tuesday morning after his car struck a utility pole off W.Va. 51, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

The boy's name was not released Tuesday pending notification of his family.

A 17-year-old male passenger was ejected from the car by the impact and landed behind the car's rear bumper, said Deputy Tom Hansen. His name also was not released.

The 16-year-old was flown by helicopter to Fairfax-Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va., where he underwent emergency surgery and then was placed in the intensive care unit, Hansen said.

The passenger was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Hansen said.

The boy was driving east on W.Va. 51 near Middleway when he took a curve too fast and lost control of the vehicle, Hansen said.

Warrant issued in W.Va. shooting

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police were still looking for a Martinsburg man Tuesday night suspected of shooting another Martinsburg man during an argument early Tuesday.

Louys Travers, 19, of 137 W. King St., Apt. 3, was shot in the leg at around 12:30 a.m. at 137 W. King St., according to the Martinsburg Police Department.

Police allege the incident happened during an argument.

An arrest warrant charging felony malicious wounding was issued Tuesday for Travis Dante McMeans, 18, of 409 W. Race St., Apt. 15, police said. McMeans had not been taken into custody by late Tuesday, police said.

Travers was in satisfactory condition at City Hospital in Martinsburg Tuesday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Woman's condition fair after wreck

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Falling Waters, W.Va., woman injured Monday when her car plunged into a ravine in the median of Interstate 81 was in fair condition Tuesday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Patricia Hackett, 53, of Route 1, Box 7, Apt. 2, was flown by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., following the midday accident just north of exit 13, according to West Virginia State Police.

According to a witness, Hackett's green 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was heading north in the median strip when it struck a small tree and become airborne over the ravine before dropping 30 to 40 feet into Tuscarora Creek, said Trooper J.L. Folk.

After hitting the water, the car flipped up onto the embankment and rolled to an upright position, Folk said.

It took rescue workers 20 to 25 minutes to extricate Hackett, who was alone and had been wearing a seat belt, he said.

The cause of the accident was still under investigation Tuesday.

Celica stolen from Kmart lot

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police said a car was stolen from the parking lot of the Kmart store on Wayne Avenue Sunday afternoon.

Police said the silver 1984 Toyota Celica was stolen between 1:35 and 1:45 p.m. The car belongs to Daniel Bird of 1089 Anthony Highway, Chambersburg, police said.

Suspect sought in store robbery

A $4,000 one-carat diamond ring was taken from Kay Jewelers in the Valley Mall around 3 p.m. Monday in what Washington County Sheriff's deputies are calling a robbery.

Authorities were seeking a black man, 30 to 35 years old, 6 feet tall, 200 to 250 pounds, wearing a yellow T-shirt and khaki pants, deputies said.

After taking the ring, the man ran out of the store and headed toward J.C. Penney in the east end of the mall, deputies said.

Couple hurt when motorcycle flips

A Tyrone, Pa., couple were injured Tuesday when their motorcycle turned over on a ramp from Interstate 70 to Interstate 81, Maryland State Police said.

The two were thrown from their 1991 Honda Gold Wing, police said. They were taken to Washington County Hospital after the 8:30 a.m. accident, police said.

Deborah Sue Stanley, 50, was in serious condition and Barry Thomas Stanley, 49, was treated and released, a hospital spokesperson said.

No charges were filed, police said.

Teens charged with possession

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