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Wrecks mar holiday weekend

September 04, 2000

Wrecks mar holiday weekend



From Staff Reports


Motorists taking to the Tri-State Area's roads were involved in several accidents over the holiday weekend.

In Washington County, Maryland State Police were called to 30 accidents ranging in severity but not involving any fatalities, said Sgt. S. L. McCarty.

McCarty said there were 12 weekend accidents on Interstates 70 and 81 and 18 accidents countywide. He said reports were written on 22 of the incidents but couldn't provide details.

Construction areas on I-70 created delays and had traffic "creeping along," he said Monday afternoon.

Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg, Pa. reported three accidents over the weekend in which drivers and passengers escaped with minor injuries.

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West Virginia State Police in Martinsburg, W.Va., also reported some accidents with minor injuries over the holiday.

A juvenile driver was unhurt in a one-vehicle accident Sunday evening in Greene Township. Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said the juvenile was driving west on Walker Road near the Mower Road intersection when he lost control of a 1990 Mercury Topaz at 7:30 p.m.. The car ran off the road and rolled over twice before coming to rest on its roof.

In another Pennsylvania accident, two people were treated for minor injuries after a collision Saturday morning on a one-lane bridge in Guilford Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

At 10:22 a.m. two vehicles approached the bridge on Social Island Road. Both vehicles stopped, but then drove onto the bridge and hit head-on. Michele Duick of Chambersburg and the other driver, an unnamed juvenile, were both treated at Chambersburg Hospital and released, police said.

Saturday evening a tractor-trailer and car collided on I-81 when a driver was switching lanes, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The accident happened at 8 p.m. in the northbound lanes in Guilford Township, police said. Nathaniel Harris of Jones, Mich., attempted to move from the right to left lane and struck a truck driven by Roy Uphold of Ephrata, Pa.

The impact pushed Harris's car into the median where it rolled onto its side, police said.

In West Virginia, police said they had no major problems on local highways.

Despite being a holiday weekend, traffic volume on Interstate 81 did not appear to be unusually high, said West Virginia State Police Sgt. T.C. Krisik.

Several patients were hospitalized from an accident at the Winchester Avenue exit of the interstate at 11:44 a.m., but their injuries were not life-threatening, state police said.

Other than one alcohol-related traffic accident on Shepherd Grade Road Saturday, traffic was normal in Jefferson County, said state police Sgt. S.E. Paugh.

Traffic in Charles Town appeared a little heavier over the weekend, Charles Town Police said.

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