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Two escape injury when car flips on bridge at Riverbottom Park

April 24, 2002|BY MARLO BARNHART

WILLIAMSPORT - A mother and daughter escaped injury Tuesday evening when their station wagon overturned on the small access bridge to Riverbottom Park, spilling fuel into the C&O Canal National Park.

Diane Kidd and her daughter, Kathleen, both of Williamsport, were able to crawl out of the car after it rolled onto its side on the bridge, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

Because the bridge is on federal property, rangers from the C&O Canal National Park took over jurisdiction of the 6:30 p.m. accident.

"Ranger Al Voner investigated the accident and decided no charges would be placed," said C&O Canal Park spokesman Ranger Martin Gallery.

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The car's bumper caught part of the bridge and flipped the car over. Speed wasn't a factor, police said.

The bridge, which is a historic post-Civil War bridge, was undamaged except for a dent on one of the rails, Gallery said. The bridge is known as the Bolman Bridge.

The vehicle was dragged from the bridge shortly after 7:30 p.m. A number of people who were briefly delayed from leaving a soccer game because of the accident were directed onto an access road so they could exit the park, Gallery said.

Personnel from the Washington County Special Operations Team were called to contain the fuel spill. That situation was reported clear at 8:11 p.m.

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