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Man dies after car hits porch

January 27, 2001

Man dies after car hits porch



By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer


A 22-year-old Hagerstown man died Saturday afternoon, hours after his car crashed into a front porch in Hagerstown's West End, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Steven Terryl Woods died just after noon on Saturday, police said. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Woods' 1988 Ford Bronco crashed into a concrete porch at 701 1/2 W. Washington St. shortly after 4 a.m., police said.

The Bronco was engulfed in flames when Community Rescue Service arrived at 4:14 a.m. Woods was trapped inside and rescue workers had to cut off the roof to get him out, police said.

Art Rowland, 30, who lives in an apartment to the rear of the house the Bronco hit, said he was asleep when he heard a "bang."

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"I looked and I heard people hollering it was on fire," said Rowland, who grabbed a garden hose in an attempt to extinguish the vehicle fire.

Rowland said several neighbors used fire extinguishers, hoping to save Woods, who was trapped inside.

"You could hear him. He was hollering for help," Rowland said.

Woods was taken to Washington County Hospital and then flown by helicopter to the Washington (D.C.) Medical Center, police said.

The police report said Woods was driving the Bronco south on Winter Street when it crossed Washington Street, hit a parked car, then ran into the porch.

Yellow caution tape surrounded the porch of crumbled concrete and cement blocks Saturday afternoon. Pieces of a fender lay nearby.

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