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Man still hospitalized after Saturday crash

January 24, 2007

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hagerstown man who was flown to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center after a Saturday morning accident that injured two other people still was hospitalized Tuesday night, a nurse said.

Robert Reeve, 21, was in the front passenger seat of a Volkswagen Jetta that flipped onto its roof near Hammonds Mill Road and the off ramp of Exit 20 of Interstate 81, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said.

Emergency workers who responded to the scene about 2 a.m. worked for more than 25 minutes to free two people from the car. Hammonds Mill Road was closed for about an hour as two helicopters were called to transport the accident victims, the sheriff's department said.

Robert E. Burger, 23, of Williamsport, was flown to Washington County Hospital, where the sheriff's department initially said was in critical condition. A hospital operator said Tuesday that he was not at the hospital.

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Matthew Stamper, 24, of Hagerstown was taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital, where the sheriff's department said he was treated and later released.

A sheriff's department investigation showed that the Jetta flipped over an embankment after it struck a guardrail as it traveled off of I-81 and onto Hammonds Mill Road. Skid marks stretched for more than 150 feet by the crash scene, the sheriff's department said.

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