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Waynesboro family among 6 hurt in crash

April 15, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

LEITERSBURG - Six Pennsylvania residents were injured - two of them critically - in a Thursday morning head-on collision on Leitersburg Pike, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

Among the most-seriously injured was a 3-year-old Waynesboro, Pa., girl, according to police.

Police said the crash was reported north of Millers Church Road at about 6:20 a.m. Police said a 1992 Ford Escort, being driven by Shawn M. Schneider, 23, of 9883 Garnes Road in Mercersburg, Pa., crossed into oncoming southbound traffic. Police said the Escort and a 1996 Ford Windstar, being driven by Melissa Sue Coleman, 30, of West Fifth Street in Waynesboro, collided head-on despite the woman's attempt to swerve onto the road's shoulder.

Schneider was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said. A trauma center spokeswoman said he was in critical condition Thursday evening, police said.

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Also flown to a medical facility was Jenna Brianne Coleman, 3, police said. Jenna was taken to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, where she was in critical condition Thursday evening, a medical center spokeswoman said.

Melissa Coleman and three passengers - John I. Coleman, 31; John A. Coleman, 5; and Deandra R. Coleman, 9 - were taken to Washington County Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, according to police.

John I. and Melissa Coleman were listed in fair condition Thursday evening, while John A. and Deandra Coleman, were treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Maryland State Police Sgt. Robert Reid said no charges were filed in the crash by Thursday evening. He said the investigation was ongoing.

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