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Five people hurt in Sunday crash in Williamsport

November 29, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - Four people were seriously injured during a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Md. 68 near an Interstate 81 entrance ramp, Maryland State Police said.

Police said the crash was reported at about 2:25 p.m. on westbound Md. 68.

A 2001 Ford Explorer driven by Regina K. Mitchell, 50, of Boonsboro, and a 1992 Honda Civic driven by B. William Lopez, 24, whose address was not known, collided as the Ford was attempting to enter southbound I-81, according to police.

Cpl. T.J. McKenrick said Mitchell sustained minor injuries, and four others were seriously injured. He said the crash was originally believed to be worse than it was because two of the victims were unconscious at the scene for several minutes and because of the nature of the crash.

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"Anytime you have a side impact, those tend to be more worrisome," McKenrick said.

All four of the people seriously injured - Lopez; Carol Ann Cook, 49, of Hagerstown; Gilmar Lopez, 31, whose address was unknown; and Bayron R. Mirandia, 32 - were taken to Washington County Hospital, McKenrick said. He said B. William Lopez was flown from the crash scene by helicopter.

A Washington County Hospital spokesman said late Sunday that B. William Lopez was listed in fair condition, Cook was treated there and released, and that Mirandia and Gilmar Lopez were being treated, though their conditions were unavailable.

Md. 68 was closed for more than 45 minutes while the passengers were freed from the vehicles and debris was cleared from the road, McKenrick said.

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