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Four vehicles involved in I-81 accident

April 11, 2001

Four vehicles involved in I-81 accident



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


An accident on Interstate 81 Wednesday morning sent an emergency worker and two other people to the hospital, according to West Virginia State Police.

The accident occurred mid-morning near the West Virginia/Maryland state line when a 2000 Ford van driven by Dale Moore, 70, of Edwardsburg, Mich., spun out of control as it was heading northbound, said Sgt. Deke Walker of the State Police.

Moore's vehicle crossed the median, and was struck by a 1999 Dodge Durango being driven southbound by Sharon Geragi, 45, of Harrisburg, Pa., Walker said.

As emergency service workers began helping people, a 1979 Toyota Celica driven northbound by Alice Winfrey, 71, of Hagerstown, struck an ambulance, Berkeley County Emergency Services Medic 1, and Capt. William Markley of the Bedington (W.Va.) Volunteer Fire Department, Walker said. Winfrey's vehicle then went over to the side of the road.

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"I think she was just trying to get by and she hit him," Walker said.

Markley was taken to Washington County Hospital in the same ambulance he was standing near when struck, Walker said.

"Apparently he is not seriously hurt," Walker said. "But I was told they are going to keep him overnight for observation."

Markley was listed in fair condition at Washington County Hospital Wednesday night.

Walker said that neither Geragi or her son Cole Geragi, 8, were seriously hurt, but went to the hospital as a precautionary measure. Shannon Geragi was treated and released, while the hospital had no record on Cole Geragi.

Winfrey was not taken to the hospital, Walker said.

State police cited Moore for failure to maintain control of his vehicle, Walker said.

The vehicles driven by Moore and Winfrey were totaled and the one driven by Geragi was "in very bad shape" after the accident, Walker said. The ambulance sustained minor damage, he said.

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