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Car crashes into ravine

May 10, 2003|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

A Greencastle, Pa., man who said he swerved to avoid an oncoming car on Md. 63 Friday afternoon crashed his car into a ravine.

The other driver didn't stop, he said.

Sporting clotted gashes above his right eye and behind his right ear, Greg Hartman, 19, watched as a tow truck hoisted his mangled blue 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera out of Rush Run.

Hartman said he was headed north when he spotted a small black or dark gray vehicle coming at him in his lane. At about 5:15 p.m., under a light rain, Hartman swerved to the right, but his wheels slid and shifted his car back to the left.

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The Ciera skidded across the grass near a guard rail and plummeted about 6 feet down into the creek, landing partly on it side. Hartman climbed out of a back window on his own.

Hartman said a nearby resident saw the other car stop briefly in a yard before driving away south on Md. 63, which is known as Greencastle Pike.

As Interstate Towing & Recovery worked to lift Hartman's car, firefighters talked about how that stretch is known as a bad spot for crashes.

Jason Michael Kline, 26, of Boonsboro, was killed in that area in a head-on collision on April 6.

Craig Allen Jackson, 38, of Reiff Church Road, near Cearfoss, died on Feb. 11 when his pickup truck hit a tree.

In the same neighborhood, two people on a motorcycle were killed when they collided head-on with a sport utility vehicle in July 2000.

Bob Daley, the assistant chief of the Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co., said he can remember other fatal accidents and serious crashes.

Whenever firefighters are called to the 13000 block of Greencastle Pike, near the Elks' picnic ground, he said, they're ready for the worst.

The bend in the road and the speed limit - 40 around a curve, 50 approaching the curve - contribute to the danger, he said.

"It doesn't matter if it's dry or not," Daley said.

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