Three taken to hospital after chain-reaction crash in Hagerstown

May 28, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN -- Four vehicles were in a chain-reaction crash Friday on West Franklin Street after a pole jutting from a truck accidentally pulled down overhead cable wires, police said.

One adult and two children were taken to the hospital after the crash, Hagerstown Police Sgt. Rebecca Fetchu said. Their names and conditions weren't available Friday afternoon.

Fetchu said a flag and pole were in a trash container on the back of a truck owned by American Disposal Systems and driven by Dale Atkins, whose age and hometown weren't available.

At about 10 a.m., the pole popped out of a covering over the load and pulled down overhead Antietam Cable wires in the 500 block off West Franklin Street, Fetchu said.


A sheriff's deputy stopped Atkins, who was charged with operating a vehicle with a load extended more than three feet beyond its foremost part, Fetchu said.

Meanwhile, motorists tried to avoid the wires.

Tiffany Butcher, who lives in the 500 block, and Christopher Wysling said a wire fell from a building next to Butcher's onto a car, which stopped, backed up and drove forward in an attempt to get free of the wire.

The car drove away, but the wire was lying in the street, forcing traffic to funnel to the left to get around it.

Fetchu said one vehicle stopped before reaching the wires, then two more vehicles behind it stopped.

A Toyota Tundra hit the back of the third vehicle, causing a chain crash with the first two, she said.

Fetchu said Brian A. Fox, 37, of Mercersburg, Pa., was driving the Toyota and was charged with failure to control speed to avoid a collision.

Authorities shut down West Franklin Street from Burhans Boulevard to West Side Avenue as Antietam Cable crews checked wires. The road reopened at about noon.

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