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Two are hospitalized after crash on Md. 66

October 02, 2004|By JULIE E. GREENE

Two women were taken to Washington County Hospital on Friday afternoon after a three-vehicle chain-reaction accident caused when a driver failed to stop for stopped traffic on Mapleville Road, Maryland State Police said.

The accident just north of Horseshoe Lane around 3:11 p.m. backed up traffic in both directions. The two-lane road, also known as Md. 66, was reopened at 4:25 p.m., police said.

Traffic had stopped for a school bus in the northbound lane that was letting students out, Trooper 1st Class Charles Faith said.

A teal Saturn rear-ended a burgundy Ford pickup truck driven by Diane Snow, 54, of Smithsburg, Faith said. The pickup had been stopped in the northbound lane.

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The collision pushed the pickup into a burgundy Mazda driven by Robin Osik, 37, of Hagerstown, Faith said.

The Saturn's driver, Tiffany Bridget Smith, 18, of Williamsport, and passenger, Roxanne Fiorita, 18, of Williamsport, were taken to the hospital, Faith said.

Their conditions still were being evaluated as of 9:15 p.m. Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The passenger-side door had to be cut off to get Fiorita out because the Saturn was so mangled, said Assistant Fire Chief Terry Stouffer with the Mount Aetna Volunteer Fire Department.

Smith was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and having a suspended registration, Faith said.

One of the more than 50 vehicles caught in the backup in the northbound lane while the accident was being cleaned up was a Washington County school bus taking students home from Smithsburg middle and high schools.

Bus driver Connie Grimm said she still had six students onboard to take home along Md. 66 and in the Cavetown area. The bus was approximately 30 minutes behind schedule due to the backup.

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