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Hancock woman, 23, hurt in Tuesday crash

March 14, 2007

HANCOCK - A 23-year-old Hancock woman was in critical condition Tuesday night after she was injured in a one-vehicle crash on Western Pike, according to police and hospital officials. Two children were taken to Cumberland Hospital, police said.

Police said Tonya Dawn Swisher, of 14301 Exline Road, was driving a 1995 Chevrolet on Western Pike at 1:55 p.m. when the vehicle drifted onto the soft shoulder and traveled about 100 feet before returning to the road, skidding sideways and flipping. The vehicle struck a large tree while airborne, then landed upright and drifted onto a gravel drive.

Police said Swisher was removed from the vehicle by firefighters. The extrication took about 40 minutes.

A coordinator at Baltimore Shock Trauma Center, where Swisher was flown, said late Tuesday night she was in critical condition.

Two children, ages 5 and 2, were taken to Cumberland Memorial Hospital for evaluation, police said. The 2-year-old was in a child safety seat.

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