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Teens 'banged up' in accident

March 07, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

Four teenage boys were injured Monday when the car in which they were riding left U.S. 40 near Clear Spring and crashed into a stone wall.

Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co. Lt. Freddie Johnson said two of the teens were taken by helicopter to a hospital and two were transported by ambulance to a hospital.

Maryland State Police Sgt. Jeff Kissner said the boys were "banged up pretty good, but it's nothing serious."

Kissner said the driver was 17 and the passengers were two 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy. He said police learned the teens skipped school in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Kissner would not release the names because the teens are juveniles.

Trooper 1st Class S. Bussard said the car - he could not determine the make and model because it was so mangled - was westbound on U.S. 40 east of Spickler Road when the driver tried to pass another vehicle and lost control.

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"It skidded off the road into the westbound shoulder" and crashed into a stone wall, he said.

Johnson said it took firefighters about 30 minutes to cut off the car's roof and free the two backseat passengers.

The stone wall lined the driveway to 14506 National Pike, a former tavern and hotel owned by Dave and Elizabeth Miller.

Miller said he has owned the red brick house since 1992. He said it was built in 1823 and was called Miller's Hotel. It is now the home of Miller's Farmstead Home Decor and Gifts.

He said he had "no idea" how much damage was done to the wall, which was built in the 1930s.

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