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Wet roads contribute to 2 traffic accidents

March 27, 2002|BY JULIE E. GREENE

CHEWSVILLE - Slick roads contributed to at least two accidents Tuesday, Maryland State Police said.

Md. 62, also known as Little Antietam Road, was blocked for about 40 minutes Tuesday afternoon after a driver lost control of her car on a rain-slicked sharp curve, Trooper 1st Class Scott Bare said.

The 1988 Mercury Topaz was going south on Md. 62 at 3:40 p.m. when the car went off the right side of the road and flipped onto the driver's side near the intersection with Beard Spur, Bare said.

The driver, Tracey Christie, 37, of South Grant Street in Waynesboro, Pa., had some minor injuries, but refused medical treatment, Bare said.

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Christie was charged with failure to reduce speed in a dangerous weather or highway condition, Bare said.

As a safety precaution, fire and ambulance crews closed the road while they stabilized the Topaz and cleared the scene, Bare said. The road turns about 90 degrees in that curve, he said.

At 6:40 p.m. a Smithsburg driver hit a telephone pole near the Liberty gas station east of Hagerstown, Bare said.

Katie Oller, 18, of Foxville Road, was driving east on Jefferson Boulevard when her 1996 Chevy Blazer hit a large puddle, Bare said.

The puddle slowed the right side of the Blazer, pulling the sport utility vehicle to the right where it struck the utility pole at the Robinwood Drive intersection, Bare said.

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