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Thunderstorm causes accidents, flooding

May 15, 2004|By CANDICE BOSELY

Police and emergency personnel in Maryland and West Virginia were kept busy Friday afternoon after a thunderstorm passed through the area, causing vehicle accidents and electrical problems.

No major problems were reported.

"We made out real well," said Sgt. Steve Bussard of the Hagerstown Police Department. Flooding was present at the Memorial Boulevard underpass, which Bussard said is typical during storms.

A few fender benders also kept police busy, as did alarms sounding, Bussard said.

Bussard said he was not aware of any power outages.

Maryland State Police Trooper C.L. Miller said two accidents were blamed on the storm - one on Interstate 70 near Exit 24 and another at the intersection of Md. 63 and Resh Road.

Miller said he did not have any details about the accidents, but said neither was serious.

In Martinsburg, W.Va., a few problem-prone areas flooded, including the Queen Street underpass and the intersection of King and Church streets.

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The water receded quickly, said Capt. Steve Canby of the Martinsburg Fire Department.

"Everything was storm-related, from wires down to trees limbs on wires to malfunctioning alarm systems at businesses and residences," Canby said.

Allegheny Power officials had to remove wires that fell onto a car on Winchester Avenue. A few blocks away, at the intersection of Raleigh and Addition streets, firefighters were dispatched to rescue a man whose car had become stuck in water.

When firefighters arrived, they found the man and his car safe, having been pushed to higher ground, Canby said.

"(We had) a lot of rain and a lot of wind ... but all in all it wasn't a major storm," Canby said.

A dispatcher in Franklin County, Pa., said the storm caused no problems there.

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