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Coplog July 17

July 17, 1998

Teen hurt when car hits trailer

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - A Falling Waters teenager was injured Thursday night when her car went under a tractor-trailer off Interstate 81, according to West Virginia State Police.

Erin J. Gealy, of 1106 Pheasant Lane, was driving south on I-81 when she lost control of her car just south of exit 20 and went off the west side of the highway, according to Trooper D.D. Miller.

The car went over a grass barrier and ran under the trailer of a truck parked at the old weigh station, Miller said.

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The blue Toyota Camry, the front of its roof crushed under the trailer, stopped just short of Gealy, she said.

The truck was hauling lead blocks and battery casings, said driver Clarence E. Ray, 65, of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Gealy was treated at City Hospital in Martinsburg and released, according to a nursing supervisor.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

DNA tests needed to identify body

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police will likely have to resort to DNA testing to positively identify skeletal remains found July 7 in a Johnstown, W.Va., home, Sgt. J.A. Humphrey said Thursday.

Police were hoping to use dental records to identify the remains, believed to belong to a Maryland man wanted by Baltimore County police, but couldn't get a positive ID, Humphrey said.

There's been no ruling on the cause of death, he said.

The remains, clothed in two pairs of paints, five shirts and an Army coat, were found in a small attic room of the house, according to police.

A shotgun was found on top of the body, police said.

Home burns

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Fire destroyed a single-story home in the Horseshoe Bend subdivision early Thursday, according to Capt. Brett Minnick of the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Company.

Firefighters were called to the home of Robert Mullinex, at Route 1, Box 272, shortly before 5 a.m., Minnick said.

The A-frame house was consumed in flames when they arrived soon after, he said.

No one was at home, Minnick said.

It took about a half hour to get the fire under control, he said.

Firefighters were on the scene for another two hours, Minnick said.

He said he didn't know what caused the fire or where it started.

The W.Va. Fire Marshal's Office will investigate the fire, Minnick said.

Shots fired at car

NEW MARKET, Md. - A New Market man's vehicle was shot at twice on Thursday morning, according to Maryland State Police.

The first shot was fired at around 3:35 a.m. while the vehicle was parked near Md. 144 and Md. 75, police said.

A second shot was fired as the man was driving around Bartholows Road, between Md. 144 and Md. 80, looking for a sport utility vehicle from which he believed the first shot was fired, police said.

The vehicle being sought was described as an older model black or blue Blazer-type vehicle, full size, with the rear part of the roof removed, police said. There were four white men in the vehicle, police said.

Anyone with information may contact Trooper 1st Class Ramona George at the Maryland State Police Frederick barracks, at 1-301-663-3101.

Woman injured when van, rig collide

CLEAR SPRING - A Clear Spring woman was injured Thursday after her vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer on eastbound Interstate 70, which blocked the highway two miles east of Clear Spring, according to Maryland State Police.

Debra Hull, 41, was taken to Washington County Hospital, where she was treated and released, police said.

A 1994 Ford AeroMax truck hauling two semi-trailers, driven by Scott Schuler, 30, of Pasadena, Md., drove off the right side of I-70 at about 6:41 a.m. when he apparently fell asleep, police said.

As the truck began to go up an embankment, Schuler woke up and attempted to re-enter the eastbound lanes, but the out-of-control truck struck a 1995 Plymouth Voyager minivan driven by Hull, police said.

After colliding, the truck overturned, blocking the eastbound lanes of I-70, police said.

Hull's vehicle also overturned into the median, police said.

Traffic was detoured onto U.S. 40 after the accident.

The tractor-trailer contained several containers of nitrous oxide, but none leaked and there was no hazard, police said.

2 still hospitalized after Pa. accident

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Two men remained hospitalized in York (Pa.) Hospital on Thursday following a four-vehicle accident on U.S. 11 in Southampton Township Wednesday night.

Jack Staver, 18, of Shippensburg, was listed in serious condition Thursday morning, according to a York Hospital spokeswoman. Wesley Sixeas, 19, of Chambersburg, was listed in satisfactory condition, she said.

Police said the accident happened at 10:24 p.m. when Saver was northbound in a Chevy Lumina and crossed into the southbound lane. Cheryl L. Jones of Shippensburg swerved her Buick Skylark to avoid a collision and was sideswiped by the Lumina, police said.

Staver's car then struck a Plymouth Fury driven by Sixeas, police said. Another southbound car, a Dodge Omni driven by Dennis Hockenberry of Shippensburg, was involved in the crash, police said.

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