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School official hurt in accident

January 14, 2001

School official hurt in accident



Two people were taken to the hospital after a car accident Friday night on Interstate 70 involving the assistant state superintendent of schools for the Maryland Department of Education.

State Police at Hagerstown said Margaret C. Trader, 52, of Hagerstown, was driving a Chevrolet Cavalier owned by the state Department of Education west on I-70, near the Frederick County line, when the accident happened at about 9 p.m.

Another car, driven by Hans Urs Affolter, 52, of Silver Spring, Md., had been following Trader closely in the right lane, but moved to the left lane in an attempt to pass Trader. While he did so, he suddenly swerved back toward the right lane, causing the right, front corner of his car to hit the left side of Trader's car.

The impact forced both cars off the road - Trader's car to the right and Affolter's to the left - and both overturned, police said.

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Both were taken to Washington County Hospital by Community Rescue Service.

A hospital employee said Trader had been discharged from the hospital and that Affolter was in fair condition.

Affolter was charged with driving while intoxicated, following too closely, negligent driving, driving without a license and driving with a revoked license.

Mount Aetna and Myersville volunteer fire companies assisted at the scene.

- Tara Reilly

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