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Two women hurt in U.S. 40 crash

October 21, 2003|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

A minivan crashed into a sport utility vehicle on U.S. 40 at Western Maryland Parkway Monday, sending both drivers to the hospital, Maryland State Police said.

Marguerite Virginia Kinney, 72, of Hagerstown, who was driving a 1993 Mercury Villager GS minivan, was in the emergency room at Washington County Hospital Monday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The other driver, Mellisa Lynn Wagaman Adams, 31, of Amberson, Pa., in northern Franklin County, also was taken to Washington County Hospital, according to Cpl. T.D. Sivic, who investigated the crash.

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However, a hospital spokeswoman could find no record of her being at the hospital Monday night.

Sivic said Adams, who was driving a 1996 Ford Explorer XLT, was turning left from Western Maryland Parkway onto U.S. 40 when Kinney, traveling east on U.S. 40, struck Adams' vehicle on the driver's side.

Kinney was ticketed for failure to stop at a steady circular red signal, according to Sivic.

The crash happened just after 4:30 p.m.

Adams' Ford Explorer ended up on its side. Rescue workers spent several minutes cutting and prying open the roof to free her.

Once they got her out, emergency workers put her on a stretcher and lifted her into the back of a Community Rescue Service ambulance.

At the same time, Kinney, also on a stretcher, was placed in the back of a second CRS ambulance.

Kinney was wearing a seat belt, but it was not clear if Adams was, according to Sivic.

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