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Four-car crash sends 5 to area hospitals

January 27, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

A four-car accident Sunday afternoon that occurred just below the Pennsylvania state line, north of the intersection of Md. 60 and Md. 418, sent five people to area hospitals.

Maryland State Trooper 1st Class Ron Coccodrilli said a black Chevrolet Metro traveling south on Md. 60 (Leitersburg Pike) was waiting to make a left turn onto Md. 418 and was rear-ended by a Chevrolet Camaro.

Coccodrilli said the Camaro pushed the Metro into a northbound Chrysler New Yorker occupied by two adults and two children. He said the Camaro skidded down Md. 60 and crossed the median, hitting a guardrail.

A Toyota RAV4 that was waiting to turn left onto Md. 60 sustained minor damage when hit by the New Yorker, the trooper said. No one was injured in that vehicle.

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Heather Hoffman, in her early 20s, of Battletown Road, Hagerstown, was the driver and sole occupant of the Metro, Coccodrilli said.

Daniel Wayne Robinson, 41, of Hollyberry Way, Frederick, Md., was the driver and sole occupant of the Camaro.

Evelyn Mills, 78, of Hagerstown, was the driver of the New Yorker.

Mills' daughter, Catherine Crothers, 57, of 1011 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, was also a passenger in the New Yorker, but there was no record that she was treated at the hospital.

All three of those drivers were taken to Washington County Hospital, where they were still in the emergency room being assessed Sunday night, hospital officials said.

Mills' two grandchildren, Alexis Hightower, 7, and Amanda Hightower, 5, addresses unknown, who were passengers in her vehicle, were taken to Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital with minor injuries, Coccodrilli said Sunday night.

Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co., Waynesboro Fire Department and rescue squad, Community Rescue Service and Smithsburg rescue personnel were on the scene.

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