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Woman seriously injured when vehicle hits garbage truck

March 15, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

One woman was seriously injured when a vehicle in which she was a passenger struck a garbage truck Tuesday morning in Hagerstown, police said.

The driver of the vehicle fled after the crash, police said.

The garbage truck was at 648 W. Washington St. when a vehicle crashed into the back of the truck, Hagerstown Police said. One of the truck's crew members had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit, police said.

The man driving the car got out and fled, and he was seen getting into another vehicle and leaving the area, police said.

The female passenger in the car was left at the scene. Police said she was taken to Washington County Hospital by ambulance and then by helicopter to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center.

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The woman, whose name was not available, had several broken bones, a damaged kidney and "blood on the brain," police said.

The vehicle the driver got into was found in the 1000 block of Noland Drive shortly after the crash.

Clarence H. Green Jr. was driving the vehicle, police said. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license.

Police said those charges were unrelated to the crash. Green had no injuries that would be expected of someone in the crash, police said. He also did not have any information about the crash.

The woman was in serious condition late Tuesday, police said. The driver of the vehicle had not been found.

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