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Wrecks come with holiday

September 07, 1999

From staff reports

At least two people were seriously injured in traffic accidents over the Labor Day weekend, according to Tri-State area police agencies.

But most of the weather-related accidents that kept police busy over the weekend were minor, authorities said.

A Thurmont, Md., man was seriously hurt early Monday in a car accident in Frederick County.

Terence Lynn Waldron, 20, was in serious condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore late Monday, according to a hospital spokesman.

Information on his condition wasn't available this morning.

The accident happened at about 3:30 a.m. on Old Frederick Road, at Shyrock Road, according to police.

Waldron was driving north on Old Frederick Road when he lost control of his 1998 Chevrolet Camaro for unknown reasons, Frederick County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Tom Winebrenner said.

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The car hit a culvert and overturned several times, throwing Waldron from the car, Winebrenner said.

An investigation into the crash is continuing.

A pedestrian struck by a car late Saturday had improved to fair condition this morning at Washington County Hospital, according to a hospital spokesman.

Bruce William Courtright, 46, of 72 Manor Drive, Apartment 203, Hagerstown, stepped in front on a car that was headed east in the 300 block of East Washington Street at about 10:30 p.m., according to Hagerstown City Police.

The car, a Pontiac Sunbird, was driven by Gregory Mills, of 42 Nottingham Road in Hagerstown, police said.

A Maugansville teenager and his passenger received minor injuries in a car crash during rainstorms Sunday afternoon.

Driver Matthew William Strine, 16, of Maugansville, and his passenger, Stefan Wayne Bockstanz, of Hagerstown, were treated at Washington County Hospital after being hurt in the accident, Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Rob Whittington said.

Strine was northbound on Eastern Boulevard approaching Antietam Drive when his 1991 Plymouth Sundance slid off the wet road and knocked over a stop sign, hit a telephone pole and then struck an electrical box, Whittington said.

Strine was trapped in the car and removed by medical personnel.

A two-vehicle accident on Sunday sent three people to the hospital, according to the Maryland State Police.

A 1991 Subaru collided with a 1999 Jeep at about 10 a.m. at the intersection of Church Hill Road and U.S. 40.

The driver of the Subaru, Irene Elizabeth Toms, 84, of Myersville, Md., was charged with failure to yield right of way, police said.

Toms and her passenger, Pauline Snorr, 81, of Myersville, and the Jeep driver, Christine Marie Rayno, 29, of Funkstown, were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Rayno and Toms were treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The hospital had no record of Snorr.

A Thurmont, Md., man was injured on Saturday when his vehicle skidded on Spring Ridge Parkway, slid sideways down an embankment and struck several trees, according to the Frederick Police Department.

A Frederick police officer attempted to stop the vehicle on Patrick Street as it left Belle's bar, authorities said. The vehicle continued east on Md. 144, and the officer decided not to continue the pursuit because of the rain, police said.

During the crash, Erin Dean Long, 30, was thrown about six feet from the vehicle, police said.

Long was taken to Washington County Hospital. He was released on Monday, according to a hospital spokesman.

There was a rash of car accidents in Franklin County, Pa., on Monday, including two that occurred almost simultaneously on Interstate 81 near the State Line, Pa., exit, authorities said.

A number of patients were taken to the hospital from the two wrecks, but most of the injuries were not serious, according to a dispatcher.

The two crashes, one in northbound and another caused by rubbernecking in the southbound Lanes, occurred at about 4:52 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police said this morning.

It all started with the driver of Buick LeSabre pulled over from the northbound lanes to attend to accident victims, police said.

Meanwhile, a Greencastle man, Raymond Rowland, 45, who was looking at that accident as he drove southbound in a 1997 Hyundai, ran into the rear of a North Carolina family, causing their 1986 Volkswagen Jetta to spin, police said.

A tractor-trailer driven by a Hancock man tried to avoid hitting the previous two cars but couldn't and hit both vehicles, police said.

Hyundai driver Roy Rowland and passengers Cheryl Rowland, 41, and Clayton Rowland, 13, were treated at Washington County Hospital and released.

None of the Rowlands was wearing a seatbelt, police said.

Washington County Emergency Services dispatchers reported a few minor accidents related to the rain on Monday.

State Police in Hagerstown handled two minor traffic accidents on Interstate 70 in the Hancock area on Monday evening, according to a state police dispatcher.

One accident occurred at about 5 p.m. The second happened at about 6:30 p.m.

Police in West Virginia reported few traffic-related problems over the Labor Day weekend.

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