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Drivers in head-on crash remain hospitalized

June 22, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN -- Both drivers involved in a head-on collision Monday afternoon on U.S. 40 remained hospitalized Tuesday morning, a Washington County Hospital spokeswoman said.

The crash on U.S. 40 west of Md. 144 sent four people, including an infant, to Washington County Hospital, police said.

The accident at Burkholder Lane occurred at about 2:50 p.m. when Amber Rose Banks, 20, of Hagerstown, crossed the center line of U.S. 40, according to Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class William Talbert.

Talbert said Banks was reaching for something in the back seat when she crossed the line. He said her 13-month-old child was in the back seat.

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Banks also had a front-seat passenger, Megan Dawn Brown, 19, of Hagerstown, Talbert said.

When Banks reached for the item, her vehicle crossed the center line into the path of a 2001 Toyota Tacoma driven by Jesse Wayne Ferguson, 28, of Thurmont, Md., police said in a press release.

The vehicles crashed head-on, and both drivers had to be cut from the vehicles by emergency personnel, the release said.

Banks was in fair condition and Ferguson was in serious condition Tuesday morning at Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Talbert described the injuries to Banks and her passengers as moderate to minor. A Washington County Hospital nursing supervisor said Brown had been treated and released by 9:30 p.m.

U.S. 40 at Burkholder Lane was closed for about an hour Monday afternoon because of the crash, police said.

Talbert said Banks was found to be at fault in the crash and has been issued a driving citation.

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