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Vehicle crashes into propane truck in Leitersburg

December 09, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

LEITERSBURG - Tragedy may have been averted by just a few inches early Monday evening during a collision on Leitersburg Pike.

Maryland State Police Trooper Andrew Smith said a Ford Explorer narrowly missed hitting a trailer/tanker full of propane during a 6:08 p.m. crash in front of Amerigas in the 20300 block of Leitersburg Pike. The 1987 Kenworth tractor, being driven by Robert Haslacker Jr., of Levels, W.Va., was backing into the Amerigas parking lot at the time of impact.

"It could have really been bad," Smith said. "If the Explorer struck the middle of the tank, it could have exploded."

Smith said the Ford, being driven by Carroll C. Smith, 75, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., collided with the wheel of the trailer in the southbound lane, careened into a culvert and rolled onto its passenger side.

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Neither driver was injured, though a passenger in the Ford, Suzanne S. Brumage, 59, of Hagerstown, suffered minor neck and back injuries. She was taken to Washington County Hospital, Smith said. A hospital spokeswoman said Brumage was being treated in the emergency room, though her condition was not available.

Smith said no charges were filed in the incident.

There were minor traffic delays as the Ford, which sustained substantial passenger-side damage, was towed from the scene. The tractor-trailer sustained only minor damage to the wheel area.

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