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Man, sons hurt in accident

July 20, 1998

photo: MIKE CRUPI / staff photographer

Truck wreckBy BRENDAN KIRBY / Staff Writer

CLEAR SPRING - Two children and their father were hurt Sunday when a red pickup truck smashed into a tree on the side of Spickler Road just south of Hicksville Road northeast of Hagerstown, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The front of the Ford truck was crushed in the accident, which occurred shortly after 7 p.m.

The driver, Glenn Howard McPherson, 35, of 13605 St. Paul Road in Clear Spring, was taken to Washington County Hospital. His sons, Branden, 3, and Brian, 6, were flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, deputies said.

The boys were in good condition Sunday night, according to a hospital spokesman.

McPherson was being evaluated in the emergency room Sunday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Speed was a factor in the accident, deputies said.

Donald McPherson said he ran up the street to his brother's house for help. He said he called 911 and then ran down to the wreck.

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Truck wreckHe said a neighbor was comforting one of his nephews. The other nephew was stuck in the passenger-side front seat.

"He was trapped under the dash," Donald McPherson said.

Donald McPherson said the boy was having trouble breathing. He said he and his brother twisted the boy's leg free and pulled him from the wreckage.

The odor of battery acid was strong, Donald McPherson said.

Donald McPherson said his brother had just left his house on Broadfording Road to take his sons for a ride when the accident occurred.

He said his brother told him he was heading south on Spickler Road and swerved to avoid hitting a cat and a dog.

Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co. Capt. Rick Rowe said the injuries could have been worse.

"The boys are lucky, that's for sure - especially the one in the front," he said.

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