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New wreck highlights concern about road

October 17, 2000

New wreck highlights concern about road



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer


SMITHSBURG - Just 48 hours before a community meeting to discuss recent accidents on Foxville Road, two pickup trucks collided on the same road, sending one driver to the hospital, Maryland State Police said.

Del. Sue Hecht and Maryland State Highway Administration engineer Fred Crozier are scheduled to meet with residents who have concerns about Foxville Road at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Smithsburg Fire Hall.

In Tuesday's accident, James Brian McCauley, 52, of 13432 Reed Road, Thurmont, Md., was driving a 1997 Ford pickup truck in the rain west on Foxville Road just before 11 a.m. when he took a curve too wide, crossing the center line, Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Douglas Bird said.

McCauley braked and skidded, colliding with a 1988 Ford pickup truck headed east on Foxville Road, Bird said.

The driver of the 1988 pickup truck was identified as Robert Earl Shriner, 53, of 52 E. Moser Road in Thurmont, Md.

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Shriner was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he was in good condition Tuesday evening, a nursing supervisor said.

Both pickup trucks were heavily damaged and were towed from the accident scene, said Bird.

Bird cited McCauley for failure to keep right of center, which carries a $70 fine.

Bird said Tuesday's accident occurred at the same spot where a Washington County school bus collided with a dump truck Sept. 25, sending 39 children to the hospital with minor injuries.

In that accident, driver Christina Ann Wachsmuth was found at fault but not cited, police said.

Wachsmuth was driving a school bus carrying Smithsburg students to school on the slick road when the bus began to skid and sideswiped a dump truck driven by James A. Bowers, 24, of Chewsville.

Bird said both accidents occurred at the same place, but that there were other factors involved in Tuesday's accident.

He said steady rain contributed to the accident along with the fact that both pickup trucks had empty beds, making them reliant mostly on their front tires for traction.

Bird said he considers the road dangerous because of its sharp turns and grade. He advised drivers to use caution on the road.

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