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Two women hurt in crash at busy intersection

July 05, 2005

RINGGOLD - Airbags and the use of seat belts are credited by Maryland State Police as helping motorists avoid serious injuries in a July Fourth crash at a busy intersection near the Maryland/Pennsylvania line.

Police said in a news release that Amy K. Neterer, 34, of Partridge Drive in Waynesboro, Pa., was driving a 1999 Chrysler minivan into the intersection of Md. 64 and Md. 418 when she was hit by Kevin Lee Knouse, who police said failed to stop at a stop sign while driving east on Md. 64.

The impact forced both vehicles into the guardrail at the northeast corner of the intersection, police said.

Rescue personnel had to extricate Knouse's passenger, Sherri D. Knouse, 40, from the vehicle, a 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix.

Sherri Knouse and Neterer were taken by Smithsburg ambulance to Washington County Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, state police said.

Kevin Lee Knouse, 38, of Deep Run Road in Westminster, Md., was not injured. He was cited for failing to stop at a stop sign, police said.

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Police said the combination of seat-belt use and airbag deployment minimized injury in the 2:40 p.m. crash.

Also responding were the Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Department and the Waynesboro Fire Department Rescue Squad.

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