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Police log 12/23

December 22, 2000

Police log 12/23



Tractor-trailer crash shuts down interstate


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near Chambersburg were closed for about seven hours Friday after a tractor-trailer carrying canned cat food crashed and the truck's contents spilled onto the road, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Carl T. Pridemore, 52, of Kentucky, failed to keep his 1995 Freightliner truck on the road while trying to negotiate a curve just south of exit 8 on I-81 at about 6 a.m., police said.

The truck traveled south onto the road's east shoulder while its trailer was turning clockwise. The tractor's bumper struck a guard rail and the trailer, which held cans of 9 Lives wet cat food, smashed into the concrete bridge pillar of the Woodstock Road overpass and broke in two, police said.

The cat food and the broken guard rail blocked the southbound lanes. Authorities closed the road between exit 6 and exit 8 until 1 p.m. to clean up the debris.

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Pridemore was not injured in the accident. No further information was available Monday night.

Hospitalized driver in serious condition


SHARPSBURG - A Walkersville, Md., man was still in serious condition at Washington County Hospital Friday night after a head-on collision Thursday in front of Antietam National Cemetery.

Timothy Ryan Stup, 20, was driving west on Md. 34 in a Chevy Tahoe that was struck head-on by an eastbound Mazda pickup, according to Maryland State Police.

The pickup, which was driven by Wanda Elizabeth Dodson, 27, of Back Road in southern Washington County, crossed the center line, police said.

Dodson was in serious condition Friday at University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore, a trauma nursing coordinator said.

Trooper First Class Rob Embly Jr. said firefighters reported that neither driver was wearing a seat belt.

Samaritan rear-ended


FREDERICK, Md. - A Utah man injured early Friday in an accident on Interstate 70 at Md. 75 was treated at University of Maryland Shock Trauma and released by Friday evening, a trauma nursing coordinator said.

Thomas Hutchinson, 41, was flown by helicopter to the Baltimore hospital.

He had stopped on the shoulder of the highway to help another motorist. When he pulled back into the travel lanes, he was rear-ended by a Dodge truck driven by Russell Matthew Bly III, 52, of Mt. Airy, Md., police said.

The truck then veered into the path of a tractor-trailer driven by Frederick Crocker, 57, of Martinsburg, Pa., police said.

Crocker and Bly were not hurt, police said.

Man charged with stealing mail


A man was charged with stealing mail from a Brightwood Acres home Thursday afternoon, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

Police said Mark Douglas Miller, 30, was caught by the homeowner about noon and detained until they arrived.

Minivan driver still in serious condition


A Hagerstown man remained in serious condition Friday night at Washington County Hospital after an accident Wednesday.

Donald Ray Purdham, 41, was westbound on West Washington Street at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when his minivan failed to pass a curve safely, left the road, went airborne and landed on the driver's side, Maryland State Police said.

Purdham's head was pinned between the ground and the 1995 Ford Aerostar, which was owned by Allegany Door & Hardware Co., police said.

Three unidentified men stopped and pushed the minivan back onto its wheels.

The three men and anyone else with information about the accident are asked to call Maryland State Police Trooper First Class Robert Fraley at 301-739-2101.

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