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Truck crashes into house in Greencastle

October 28, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- A Greencastle woman drove into the corner of a house on Baltimore Street after attempting to avoid a collision Wednesday evening, Greencastle police said.

Patricia Poper, 55, of Antrim Township, was traveling east on Baltimore Street in a red Ford truck when a teal sedan pulled from Linden Avenue into her path on Baltimore Street, Officer Preston Strayer of the Greencastle Police Department said.

The vehicles collided just after 7 p.m., Strayer said.

The truck, which swerved toward the shoulder in an attempt to miss the sedan, continued over the curb and into the corner of a stone house at 259 E. Baltimore St., according to police.

Poper and the driver of the sedan were taken to the hospital, Strayer said. Police Wednesday night did not know the name of the driver of the sedan.

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The two-story stone house did not appear to have significant damage, but police were still investigating the incident, said Diane Grabill, the owner of the house.

Grabill, who was shaken by the events, said she was not home when the collision occurred and someone called her to tell her home was struck by a truck.

"It was scary," she said. "The worst was seeing all these cars when I got here. I couldn't even drive down the street to see my house. Luckily, I was not home and my dog was with me."

Mike Poper said his mother, Patricia, was alone in the truck at the time of the accident.

"She tried to swerve and ended up hitting the house, unfortunately," he said. "But that house has been there for (many) years and I don't think it was going anywhere."

Patricia Poper was taken to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown and was being treated in the emergency department, a hospital spokeswoman said.

"I'm just anxious to get to the hospital to see how things are going," Mike Poper said as he waited for police to finish gathering information.

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