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August 12, 1999

Two big rigs - one laden with fresh produce and the other hauling frozen foods - collided on Interstate 81 near the I-70 interchange late Tuesday, tying up all southbound lanes for more than six hours.

Maryland State Police reopened one southbound lane around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

At 11:40 p.m., police called to the scene found that a 1993 International tractor-trailer had been northbound on I-81 when it may have had a left front tire failure, police said.

The truck entered the median, partially separating from its trailer which overturned, witnesses told police. The truck continued into the southbound lanes and hit a 1996 Volvo tractor-trailer, causing it to overturn and spill its load of produce.

The driver of the International, James Travers, 28, of Madison Heights, Va., was partially ejected through the windshield. He wasn't wearing a seat belt, police said.


Travers was discharged Wednesday from Washington County Hospital.

The Volvo driver, Robert Myers Sr., 51, of Dillsburg, Pa., was listed in fair condition Wednesday evening, hospital officials said. He had been wearing his seat belt.

Trooper 1st Class M.W. Jones was investigating the cause of the accident.

Three fires between Tuesday evening and Wednesday were arson and two of them were started by juveniles, according to Tom Brown, Hagerstown fire marshal.

A brush fire at the Pangborn Boulevard overpass around 5 p.m. was followed about an hour later by another brush fire to the rear of View Street, Brown said.

"Juveniles were seen running from the brush fires," Brown said.

At 1:22 a.m. Wednesday, someone set a Honda Accord on fire in an alley behind 35 E. North Ave., Brown said.

The car, which was abandoned and had stolen tags, was destroyed, Brown said.

Anyone with information about any of the fires may contact Brown at 301-790-2476.

On Tuesday, Hagerstown City Police investigated the theft of an Emerson CD/stereo player and CDs valued at $90 from an apartment at 21 W. Antietam St.

A watch and a wallet containing cash were stolen Tuesday from Room 372 at the Venice Inn on the Dual Highway. Police said the loss was $666.

Also on Tuesday, a woman reported her $200 Nokia cell phone was stolen from her purse while she was grocery shopping in the 1500 block of Wesel Boulevard.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies were investigating an incident at Keith's Auto Sales, at 17703 Virginia Ave., in which $1,000 damage was done to a 1997 Dodge Neon Tuesday.

FREDERICK, Md. - The victim of a threat from a man with a handgun early Wednesday gave police a tag number which led to the man's apprehension.

Shawn D. Ambush, 29, of the 100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, and several handgun offenses, Frederick City Police said.

He is being held on $50,000 bond.

The 12:45 a.m. incident occurred at 1000A Heather Ridge Drive where a woman told police a man pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it in her face, threatening her with death, police said.

When the man fled in his car, the woman got his tag number and called police.

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