Police log

December 15, 2003

Accident sends woman to hospital

A Hagerstown woman was taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital after she failed to yield the right-of-way and changed lanes in front a tractor- trailer on Interstate 70 Friday morning, resulting in an accident, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

Police charged Barbara Houston, 48, with making an unsafe lane change, police said.

Houston was in good condition Saturday afternoon, a hospital employee said.

The accident occurred in the eastbound lane of I-70 at U.S. 40. The tractor-trailer was traveling in the slow lane when Houston changed lanes in front it, police said.

The tractor-trailer hit the rear of Houston's car and pushed it into the fast lane. Houston's car then was struck by a Toyota Corolla, causing both cars to overturn in the grass median, police said.

Two 15-year-old girls who were passengers in the Corolla were taken to the hospital for minor injuries, police said. The girls are from Martinsburg, W.Va.


The driver of the Toyota and the tractor-trailer were not injured.

Traffic was backed up during rush hour for 90 minutes, police said.

Trooper 1st Class David Matthews is the investigating officer.

Pa. pedestrian hit, taken to hospital

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 27-year-old Chambersburg woman was taken to Chambersburg Hospital for minor injuries when she was hit by a car while walking on Philadelphia Avenue in Greene Township in Franklin County Friday night, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

Police said Dolly M. Hogan, 27, was walking north in the northbound lane when she was hit by Keith Swartz, 37, of Shippensburg, Pa.

A hosital nursing supervisor said Hogan was treated in the emergency room and discharged.

Pa. accident sends two to hospital

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two people were taken to Chambersburg Hospital Friday after an accident at the intersection of Pa. 997 and Pa. 696 in Greene Township in Franklin County, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

Police said a car driven by Alicia Russel, 20, of Guilford, N.H., was turning east onto Pa. 696 from southbound Pa. 997 and collided with a car driven by Stephanie Tosten, 19, of Chambersburg, who was northbound on Pa. 997.

Police said Russel failed to yield the right-of-way when she hit Tosten's car. Police described Tosten's injuries as moderate.

A hosital nursing supervisor said Tosten was treated in the emergency room and discharged.

The supervisor said he didn't have information on Russel, and the name wasn't on a hospital list.

Police advising citizens to keep doors locked

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Police Department is advising citizens to keep their car doors locked after having more than 15 recent theft from vehicle cases.

Most of the thefts have taken place west of U.S. 15 and south of West Patrick Street, police said.

In addition to keeping their car doors locked, police said citizens should also remove or place valuables out of sight, park in well-lighted areas, set alarms and report all suspicious activity.

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