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Police Briefs

August 08, 2005

Two-vehicle crash in city injures four


A sport utility vehicle went through a red light and hit a car in downtown Hagerstown Friday morning, sending four people to Washington County Hospital.

None of the injuries were serious, according to Hagerstown Police.

Amanda Knepper, who was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer, was given a ticket for failing to stop at a steady red light, according to a police report.

Knepper, 22, of 49B N. Price Ave. in Waynesboro, Pa., was going north on North Locust Street, the report said.

Lisa Nichols, 36, of 300 E. Franklin St. in Hagerstown, driving a 1985 Oldsmobile, was going west on East Franklin Street.

The police report says the left front end of Nichols' Oldsmobile hit the right front end of Knepper's Blazer about 6:45 a.m.

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Nichols was listed in good condition Friday night at Washington County Hospital.

Knepper and two passengers in her Blazer ? Kimberly Bennett, 21, and Josh Sanders, 22, both of Waynesboro ? also were taken to Washington County Hospital.

Sanders was listed in good condition Friday night at the hospital.

A nursing supervisor said Knepper and Bennett no longer were at the hospital.




Train hits deaf man avoiding road traffic


A man who was hit by a train Thursday afternoon is deaf and was walking by the railroad tracks to avoid highway traffic, a Maryland State Police trooper said.

Cpl. Patrick Morris said Friday that the man might have suffered a concussion. He did not know the man's name.

Morris said the man walks along the railroad tracks in southern Washington County to get to a bus he catches every day instead of walking on the road.

About 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, a train hit the man on a stretch of tracks close to the border between Washington and Frederick counties, near Brunswick, Md.

Morris said the train was not going fast, so the man wasn't badly injured. The train stopped after it hit the man.

Misty Skipper, a spokeswoman for CSX in Jacksonville, Fla., said the man was trespassing.

The train ? which had two locomotives, 48 loaded cars and 16 empty cars ? was on its way from Cumberland, Md., to Philadelphia, Skipper said.

She did not know how fast the train was traveling, but she said the authorized speed for that area is 35 mph.

The train was equipped with a recording device similar to an airplane's "black box," so the exact speed could be determined if authorities asked for it, Skipper said.




Man injured by sword improving


The condition of a man who accidentally injured himself Tuesday with a sword has improved, according to a Washington County Hospital nursing supervisor.

Michael Gardner, 21, initially was in critical condition at the hospital, but by Friday evening, his condition had improved to fair.

Gardner injured himself Tuesday night with a sword he was using in his Lappans Road home, near Boonsboro, according to his great-grandfather, Paul Ellis.

At the time of the injury, a Washington County emergency dispatcher reported that the injury resulted in "a lot of blood loss."

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