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Vehicle overturns on I-70

August 01, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

A 4-year-old girl who was properly restrained in a child safety seat was the only occupant of a 2005 Ford Focus not ejected when the car ran off eastbound Interstate 70 and overturned on the right shoulder Sunday afternoon, Maryland State Police said.

The driver, James William Bussard Jr., 22, of Williamsport, and front-seat passenger, Julie Danielle Poffenberger, 24, of Hagerstown, were thrown from the vehicle when it overturned about 3 p.m, police said.

Bussard and Poffenberger, neither of whom was wearing a seat belt, were taken to Washington County Hospital, Trooper 1st Class Doug Bittinger said.

Poffenberger was admitted, and Bussard was treated and released, a nursing supervisor said Sunday at 7:30 p.m. No condition was available for Poffenberger.

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The girl, who was in the rear seat, was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Bittinger said. Her condition was not available Sunday.

Emergency personnel from Halfway and Funkstown responded to the accident, which occurred just west of the Sharpsburg Pike interchange. The right lane of eastbound I-70 was closed for one hour, police said.

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