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Three-car accident injures 7

June 18, 2000

SOUTH MOUNTAIN - Seven people were injured in a three car collision on Interstate 70 west near South Mountain Sunday morning, Maryland State Police said.

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Police said Laura Gene Miller, 43, of 9941 Crossfield Road, Hagerstown was driving a 1990 Toyota Tercel eastbound in the left lane of westbound I-70 at 4:50 a.m.

Medaro Alvert Rivera, 19, of Des Moines, was driving a 1991 Nissan Sentra west on I-70 west in the left lane and saw Miller's vehicle heading toward him, state police said.

Rivera swerved to the right to avoid her vehicle but the two cars collided partially head-on, police said.

Police said Rivera's vehicle went up an embankment on the right shoulder and then came to rest.

Miller's vehicle was disabled in the left lane of westbound I-70 when a 1991 Ford Probe driven by Jessica Grace Manion, 23, of 20307 Youngstoun Drive in Hagerstown, came around a turn and hit the disabled car, state police said.

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State police said Miller's vehicle spun around upon impact, glancing off the Ford Probe, which then went up an embankment and caught on fire.

All of the drivers and four passengers in Rivera's vehicle were taken to Washington County Hospital.

Miller and Rivera were treated at Washington County Hospital and released, a nursing supervisor said.

Manion was listed in fair condition, a nursing supervisor said.

One of four passengers in Rivera's vehicle was listed in serious condition, police said.

Names and conditions of the passengers were unavailable Sunday evening.

Police said Miller was charged with failure to drive on the right side of a divided highway, negligent driving and driving while intoxicated.

Manion was charged with negligent driving and driving while intoxicated, police said.

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