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Two men are injured in accident on Spickler Road

February 23, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A Sunday evening accident left two motorists hospitalized and dozens of Spickler Road residents without power.

Washington County Sheriff's Department Cpl. Todd Kerns said Richard Winger, 26, believed to be of Chambersburg, Pa., and Chris Kochera, 25, of 13108 Spickler Road, were taken to Washington County Hospital following the crash in the 12600 block of Spickler Road, northeast of Clear Spring.

Kerns said that just after 5 p.m. the Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by Winger left the road and struck a Ford pickup that was parked in a residential driveway before coming to rest on the front lawn of a Spickler Road home.

Winger received internal injures from the impact and was still in surgery at the hospital Sunday evening, Kerns said. Kochera did not have life-threatening injuries, he said.

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A hospital spokeswoman said neither man's condition was available Sunday evening.

Kerns said the investigation was ongoing.

Kerns and Spickler Road residents who said they knew Kochera said he and Winger were on their way to McDonald's for the second time Sunday when the accident occurred.

"Their order wasn't right or they needed more food or something," Kerns said.

The car severed a telephone pole, knocking down lines and leaving dozens of homes without power for several hours.

Allegheny Power spokeswoman Tara Curtis said about 70 customers were without power because of the crash. Curtis said it would take crews several hours to restore power to all of the customers.

"We're hoping to get everyone back on by midnight," she said.

The driver's side of the Eclipse was crushed, both air bags were deployed and the back seat was covered in broken glass. Witnesses said the Eclipse hit the back of the pickup, causing it to spin about 180 degrees in the driveway.

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