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One injured in car-bus accident

July 17, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

A Washington County woman was treated at Washington County Hospital on Friday for injuries she sustained when her car collided with an adult day-care bus on the way to pick up clients at Potomac Center, according to Hagerstown Police.

Joy Le Hendricks, 44, of Shinham Road northwest of Hagerstown, was released from the hospital on Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Hendricks was driving a Hyundai Sonata GL southeast on Salem Avenue at around 8:48 a.m. Friday when it collided with the bus heading northwest in front of 719 Salem Ave., Officer Sue Lamb said.

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Lamb said the car crossed the center line and hit the bus. The collision pushed the car into a parked red and gray Firebird.

After the accident, the white bus with blue and black trim sat in its lane with the left front corner damaged. The Hyundai ended up diagonally blocking the southeast lane.

Hendricks was not wearing a seat belt, Lamb said.

The front left windshield of the Hyundai had several cracks and was bubbled.

AnnJessie Ballard, 43, of Hagerstown, who drives the bus for Lycher day care at 701 E. First St., said she was shaken, but OK. She was one of three employees on the bus.

Lycher employee Mary Motz, 58, of Hagerstown, said she was sitting on the right side of the middle of the bus when the impact caused her to fly out of her seat and hit a pole.

Motz said she injured her back, right leg and right elbow, but said she was going to decide later whether to go to the emergency room.

Lycher employee Michelle Pyne, of Hagerstown, said she was OK.

The accident between Alexander Street and Linganore Avenue blocked Salem Avenue. By shortly after 10 a.m., the road had reopened.

Megan and Robert Larrimore were asleep upstairs at 719 Salem Ave. when the sound of the accident woke them up.

Megan Larrimore said she called 911 after looking out the window and seeing the accident.

The Firebird that was hit by the Hyundai belonged to the couple, but there was not much damage, she said.

"They've got bigger problems than we do," Megan Larrimore said.

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