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Plane crashes into pickup truck

October 09, 1999|By ANDREA ROWLAND

BURKITTSVILLE, Md. - Two men escaped serious injury Saturday when a small plane crashed into a vehicle near this Frederick County town.

A 1971 Grumman Ag-Cat biplane loaded with seed and piloted by George Folk, 54, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was taking off from a dirt road at about 1 p.m. when the plane struck a pickup truck driven by Malcolm Genuse, 46, of Burkittsville, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.

Genuse was traveling the opposite direction of the plane on property at 4524 Burkittsville Rd., police said.

The aircraft ripped off the truck's roof before crashing upside down on the farm road, police said.

Fire and rescue units from the Brunswick Volunteer Fire Company, Brunswick Ambulance Company and the Frederick County Advanced Life Support responded to the scene.

Genuse was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released, according to police.

Folk was treated at Martinsburg City Hospital and released, according to a hospital spokesperson.

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The Federal Aviation Administration took over the investigation Saturday afternoon, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.

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