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Woman thrown from SUV in crash

school bus rolls over in Fulton Co.

January 18, 2008

A Hancock woman was thrown through the windshield of an sport utility vehicle she was driving after it collided with a van in Fulton County, Pa., Thursday afternoon, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Jessica Gaither, 22, was treated for severe injuries at Washington County Hospital and had been released this morning, according to hospital spokeswoman Maureen Theriault.

William Scott, 18, of Hancock and a 16-year-old were also in the SUV and received minor injuries, according to a press release.

None of the three were wearing their seat belts, police said.

The driver of the van, Janet Blankley, 59, of Warfordsburg, Pa. also received minor injuries, police said.

The two vehicles were on Tollgate Ridge Road, which was covered in snow, when they collided head-on at about 1:15 p.m., police said.

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Police are investigating the crash, according to the press release.

A school bus carrying 12 teenagers rolled on its side at about 1:50 p.m. Thursday in Fulton County after sliding on a snow-covered roadway, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

One of the passengers, a 16-year-old female, and the driver were slightly injured but did not require treatment and did not go to the hospital, police said.

The other passengers were not injured, according to a press release.

The Southern Fulton County school district bus was southbound on Pennsylvania State Route 522, about one-quarter of a mile south of Mountain Ridge Road, when the driver lost control while making a left turn, police said.

The bus slid across the northbound lane of Route 522, hit an embankment and rolled onto its right side, according to a press release.

The passengers got out of the bus via the rear emergency door.

Dispatchers in Franklin County, Pa., reported no serious accidents Thursday, although in Franklin County there had been a flurry of weather-related crashes in the afternoon when snow began to accumulate.

Meteorological Technician Tony Mach of the National Weather Service in State College, Pa., said there were reports of 3 inches of snow in Greencastle, Pa., and Upper Strasburg, Pa., by 4 p.m.

Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia did not have any serious accidents or injuries resulting from the weather. A dispatcher in Berkeley County said an accident without injuries took out a utility pole in the 1000 block of Dry Run Road shortly before 4:30 p.m.

Dispatchers in Jefferson County said they only had minor accidents through 4:30 p.m.

Despite the few problems, some workers in downtown Charles Town went home early and some businesses closed.

Also, schools will be closed today in the Eastern Panhandle counties of Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.

In Berkeley County, Jaimee Borger, the district's director of communications, said that last Thursday's exam schedule will be in effect on Tuesday. Schools also are closed on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

In Jefferson County, schools are closed, but the central office will open at 10 a.m. 261 employees report at 10 a.m.

In Morgan County, schools are closed, but employees should follow Reporting Code A.

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