Two people involved in two accidents Wednesday night

May 10, 2002

Two people involved in a weather-related accident Wednesday were involved in a second accident on their way to the hospital when the ambulance in which they were riding was struck by another car, according to a release from Maryland State Police.

The first accident happened at 8:30 p.m. on Md. 62 at Beard's Spur north of Chewsville, according to police.

A 1996 Ford Probe, driven by Darrell Lynn Clopper, 19, of Greensburg Road, Smithsburg, was traveling south when it skidded across the center line and hit a 1993 Oldsmobile Acheiva head-on, the release said. The Oldsmobile was driven by Linda Ann Peiffer, 53, of Green Street, Waynesboro, Pa.

Clopper was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed in dangerous weather or road conditions, police said.

The two were being taken to Washington County Hospital when the Community Rescue Service ambulance they were riding in was hit by a car being pushed by Donald Elwood McIntyre, 41, of North Valley Drive, Hagerstown, according to police.


McIntyre was pushing his 2000 Hyundai Tibouron on the westbound shoulder of Md. 64 west of Chewsville when the car turned into the travel lane and hit the right side of the ambulance driven by CRS volunteer Lacey Simmons, the release said.

Simmons stopped the ambulance and spoke to McIntyre, who got in his car and drove away, according to police.

Washington County Sheriff's Department Sgt. A. Overcash stopped the car on Robinwood Drive and was joined by State Police Trooper 1st Class D.A. Harper, who gave McIntyre a field sobriety test, according to the release. The test indicated his alcohol content was almost five times the .08 legal limit, police alleged.

McIntyre was charged with driving under the influence and failure to remain at the scene of an accident, according to police.

No one was injured in the second accident, police said.

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