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Baltimore man injured in crash

October 01, 2003|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

A Baltimore man was critically injured Tuesday when his minivan crossed a median on Md. 491 near Smithsburg and struck a truck loaded with lumber.

A helicopter flew John Anderson, 75, to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, said Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Russ Plante, who investigated the crash.

Anderson was listed in critical condition Tuesday evening.

Steven Presley, 55, of Waynesboro, Pa., the driver of the 1992 Peterbilt truck, had a minor knee injury, Plante said.

Anderson was driving a 2002 Chrysler Town & Country minivan south toward Md. 64 Tuesday afternoon. The minivan went over a concrete median and skidded into the northbound lane instead of continuing around the curve, police said.

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"I saw him coming and I thought he'd hit me head-on," said Presley, who was driving north on Md. 491. "I tried to speed up and hope he'd hit the trailer."

However, the minivan hit the truck cab and bounced back into the southbound lane. The entire front end of the minivan was smashed and the windshield was crumpled when it stopped about 75 feet short of Md. 64.

Plante said the minivan was going too fast for the curve.

Both airbags in Anderson's minivan deployed, but he was not wearing a seat belt, Plante said.

Presley reported that he was wearing a seat belt, Plante said.

That stretch of Md. 491 was closed for several hours. A Washington County hazardous materials crew cleaned up diesel fuel that had leaked from the truck.

Presley found a John Deere disposable camera in his cab and took pictures of the damage.

Pieces of metal and thick plastic were scattered on both sides of the median and under the trailer of the truck.

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