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Police probing possible carjacking

October 24, 2004|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

The Hagerstown Police Department was investigating a possible carjacking shortly after a pickup truck crashed in the city's North End and injured seven occupants of the truck Saturday night.

Seven people, who had been riding in a red Chevrolet pickup truck, were taken to Washington County Hospital, including some with potentially serious injuries, Lt. Rick Reynolds said.

Police believe that shortly after the truck crashed, someone carjacked a black 2003 Honda Element SUV with Maryland registration 054M483, Reynolds said. He said police believe the carjacking somehow was related to the crash. An investigation was continuing.

The pickup truck was upside down in the 1100 block of Outer Drive. A tire lay on the road under the bed. A pile of debris, including what appeared to be clothing, was on the road about 50 feet away.

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Police had a portion of the street cordoned off with yellow tape.

Joseph Smith, who lives near the accident scene, said he heard a loud bang, then some yelling. He said he and some of his neighbors were watching a TV show about World War II and the crash happened just as some bombs were going off on the show.

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