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Crash closes part of highway

July 07, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown resident was in fair condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore on Saturday night after being injured in a two-car collision Friday night, officials said.

Tammy Sue Williams, 20, of 42 Manor Drive, was flown to Shock Trauma by Maryland State Police medevac, Hagerstown City Police said. The helicopter landed in the parking lot of the Ames Shopping Center.

Williams was a back-seat passenger in a Honda Civic driven by Ashley Marie Marsh, 20, of 42 Manor Drive, Hagerstown City Police Officer Tom Bartles said.

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Marsh was cited for failing to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic in the accident, which occurred shortly before 10:30 p.m., Bartles said.

Marsh was driving east on Dual Highway Friday night when she turned left toward Manor Drive and her car was hit by an eastbound Chevy Celebrity driven by Matthew Joseph Wasilius, 21, of Bennie Drive east of Hagerstown, police said.

Wasilius, Marsh and Marsh's front-seat passenger, Rachel Cornelia Johnson, 19, of Frederick, Md., were taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital, Bartles said. All three were treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The Chevy ended up facing east in the westbound lane, Bartles said.

The westbound lanes were closed until midnight from Eastern Boulevard to Cleveland Avenue.

A second accident, a minor fender bender, occurred on Dual Highway in front of the Venice Inn, Bartles said. That accident happened when traffic backed up in the eastbound lanes on Dual Highway because drivers were slowing to look at the first accident scene, he said.

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