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Minivan crash leaves family members hurt

November 07, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

Emergency responders took four people, including two children, to Washington County Hospital following a crash on U.S. 11/Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown involving the minivan in which they were riding and a tractor- trailer.

Trooper Rob Embly said the tractor trailer driven by Thomas Fiagiannis, 47, of Wading River, N.Y., was turning from Henson Boulevard onto northbound U.S. 11 at approximately 4:25 p.m. and cut in front of the southbound Plymouth Grand Caravan minivan.

The minivan, carrying four members of the Lehman family, subsequently crashed into the side of the trailer, Embly said. The Voyager sustained severe front-end damage and went into the opposite lane of travel.

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Trooper Arthur Smith said the minivan's passengers - Sheila Lehman, 18; Jana Lehman, 16; Randall Lehman, 4; and Edward Lehman, 3, all of Old Forge Road, were taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Smith said Sheila Lehman, who suffered facial injuries and a partially collapsed lung, and Randall Lehman, who suffered a fractured tibia, were going to be admitted into the hospital. He said Jana Lehman, who suffered facial injuries, and Edward Lehman, who was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, were treated and released.

Police charged Fiagiannis with failure to yield to oncoming traffic while making a left turn. Fiagiannis was not injured, Smith said.

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