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Three injured in two accidents

May 22, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - A pair of accidents Monday afternoon in the Borough of Waynesboro seriously injured three people, one of whom was flown to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center for treatment.

A man was hit while walking across South Potomac Street within half a block of the site of a fatal pedestrian accident earlier this month.

"We got in to stop traffic at the alley, and we got dispatched to the other one," said Sgt. Mike Bock of the Waynesboro Police Department.

Two Wayne Heights, Pa., people were in a newer-model Chevrolet Impala that pulled out of McDonald's, crossed Myrtle Avenue, went through a fence and fell 14 feet to the CVS Pharmacy parking lot below, Bock said.

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The fire department spent five to 10 minutes stabilizing the car, which rotated and ended up on its side at 1 p.m.

"One of our officers who is an EMT crawled in with them originally," Bock said.

The passenger, who was an elderly man, was flown by helicopter, while the female driver was being evaluated at Waynesboro Hospital.

Officials called for three helicopters for the accidents, but the pedestrian stayed at Waynesboro Hospital.

Bock was unsure whether driver error or a car malfunction caused the Impala to accelerate onto Main Street at the start of its 40-foot eastbound journey before the drop. A guardrail and fence border the wall.

Police did not release the names of the victims of Monday's accidents.

Rescue squads from Waynesboro and Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., were assisting at the scene of Monday's accidents. Three Waynesboro police officers were called out of training, so the seven scheduled officers were divided between the two crashes.

On May 1, Joseph Stewart, 93, of Foulger Street, Waynesboro, was fatally struck by a pickup truck on South Potomac Street near Gay Street. Lester E. Malone, 82, of Chambersburg, Pa., was killed 11 days later when he was hit by a vehicle while walking near the intersection of Lincoln Way East and Fourth Street in Chambersburg.

The Borough of Waynesboro had gone nearly seven years without a pedestrian fatality until a 65-year-old woman was killed last September, according to published reports.

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