Police log

May 25, 1999

Trucker drives off I-70 and into ravine

FREDERICK, Md. - A Baltimore man drove his tractor-trailer off Interstate 70 and into a Frederick County ravine early Monday, according to Maryland State Police.

Robert Norman Johnson, 57, was heading west near Hollow Road when he apparently fell asleep, police said. He drove off the right side of the interstate at 3:55 a.m. The rig destroyed 200 feet of guardrail and overturned.

The driver was slightly injured and was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for treatment. The truck was carrying office furniture, according to police. There were no other vehicles involved.


State Highway Administration employees came to the scene to direct traffic.


Cool Hollow Road mailboxes destroyed

Several mailboxes were destroyed along Cool Hollow Road southeast of Hagerstown between Saturday night and Sunday morning, according to Maryland State Police.

Sgt. Donald Stottlemyer said 10 residents near U.S. 40 reported the destroyed property Sunday morning. They said it looked like a baseball bat or blunt object was used on their mailboxes, he said.

Damage was estimated at $145, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident may contact Trooper 1st Class Douglas Bird at 301-739-2101.


Three walk away after van strikes tree

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Three Chambersburg, Pa., men left the scene of an accident Sunday morning and took the license plate with them, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Carlos Roman Ramirez was driving a 1985 GMC Safari minivan east on Fannettsburg Road West, police said. He didn't make it around a curve and struck a tree at approximately 5:55 a.m.

State police found Ramirez and two passengers, Silverio Santianez and David Vasquez, a few miles away. They were walking south on Pa. 75 at Sweetwater Road.

Vasquez had a minor head injury and emergency medical technicians treated him at the barracks, police said.

No charges were filed in the accident.

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