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Three men injured after car hits pole, burns

July 21, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

FREDERICK, Md. - Three men suffered serious injuries during a fiery Saturday evening car crash on Reichs Ford Road in Frederick County, Md.

Due to a language gap between the Spanish-speaking men and the responding officers, at least two of the men's identities and conditions were unknown by police Sunday evening.

The crash occurred just before 10:30 p.m. on Reichs Ford Road near Tilco Drive, according to a Frederick Police Department news release. The driver allegedly was speeding and attempting to pass a truck when he lost control of the vehicle, which subsequently hit a light pole and burst into flames, the release said. The driver and two passengers, none of whom were identified, suffered what police described as "serious, but not life-threatening injuries" as a result of the crash.

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Investigating Officer Steve Brown said information on the men was difficult to obtain because of their injuries and because each speaks Spanish. Brown also said the men were transported to hospitals before a Spanish-speaking officer could arrive at the crash site.

"We don't know (who they are)," Brown said. "We had a major communication gap and the hospitals were not allowed to give their names over the phone due to federal law."

Maryland State Police flew the driver to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, while at least one of the passengers was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, according to police. It was unclear to which hospital the third motorist was taken.

The conditions of the three motorists also were unavailable, according to police.

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