Washington County Schools employee injured in car crash

June 03, 2006|by CANDICE BOSELY

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A Washington County Public Schools employee was seriously injured Thursday night in a car accident in Pennsylvania when his car hit a guardrail and flipped down an embankment, according to a press release from Pennsylvania State Police.

Patrick Lynn Miller, 51, who is the school system's supervisor of instructional technology and library media programs, was flown to the trauma center at Altoona (Pa.) Regional Health System, according to the release from Trooper M.A. Sprague.

An operator at the trauma center said that Miller - who is known by his middle name - was in the surgical intensive care unit Friday night. A nursing supervisor listed his condition as being critical.

The accident happened at 10:10 p.m. on U.S. 30, just west of the U.S. 522 bypass in Fulton County, according to the release.


Miller, who lives in Greencastle, Pa., lost control of his 2001 Mercedes-Benz coupe while heading east and going around a "sweeping" left curve, according to the release.

Miller hit a guardrail on the right side of the road and his car went up and over the guardrail, according to the release.

"(Miller) then continued east on top of a steep embankment for several hundred feet and then plunged down over the embankment flipping over several times," Sprague wrote in the release.

Miller was thrown from his car and came to rest about 100 feet away from his Mercedes, according to the release.

Police said that Miller was not wearing his seat belt. His car was "demolished," according to the release.

The McConnellsburg Fire Department and McConnellsburg Police Department assisted at the scene.

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