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City woman injured when SUV and oil truck collide

January 17, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown woman was in the intensive care unit of Washington County Hospital on Tuesday after the vehicle she was driving collided with an oil truck and was pushed into a residential building at the corner of East Franklin and North Mulberry streets at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Hagerstown Police.

Julie Kugler-Bentley was alone in a Chevrolet Suburban when the vehicle collided with an M&M Oil truck driven by Franklin J. Brown of Inwood, W.Va., police said.

Brown was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, police said. He was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police said the oil truck was traveling west on East Franklin Street and failed to stop for a red signal at North Mulberry Street. The truck collided with the Suburban as Kugler-Bentley entered the intersection on a green light, police said.

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Momentum from the crash carried both vehicles onto the sidewalk and into an apartment building at 145-149 E. Franklin St. The front ends of both vehicles were crushed against the building.

Residents of the building were evacuated after the crash, police said.

Two blocks of Franklin Street and two blocks of Mulberry Street were cordoned off as police and emergency personnel investigated the scene.

A scene reconstruction specialist from the Sheriff's Department was on hand, Hagerstown Police Sgt. David L. Long said.

JR Rentals Co. owns the building that houses six apartments.

Both 145 E. Franklin St. and 147 E. Franklin St. were affected by the crash, said Edward Snook, owner of JR Rentals. The vehicles knocked down the door to 145 E. Franklin St. and knocked out bricks in both units, he said.

Engine coolant and oil leaked from the vehicles, but the oil tank itself did not leak, Hagerstown Fire Department Capt. Justin Mayhue said. The amount of liquid that leaked was minimal, he said.

Calls to M&M Oil were not returned Tuesday evening.

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