Officials say not many accidents during holiday weekend

September 07, 2010

Tri-State area authorities said Monday they had a relatively calm Labor Day weekend, other than a couple of crashes and the usual traffic backups due to holiday travel.

A Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., man faces 16 charges, including driving under the influence, after a serious accident Sunday night in the Borough of Waynesboro.

Waynesboro police said they were pursuing William R. Heise, 57, before the 10:45 p.m. accident at the intersection of North Potomac and North streets. Firefighters had to cut apart the silver Pontiac that police say was struck by Heise's sport utility vehicle, and they pulled the driver and passenger out of the two-door car.

In Washington County, a Knoxville, Md., resident was seriously injured Sunday night in an all-terrain vehicle accident at the intersection of Harpers Ferry and Chestnut Grove roads south of Sharpsburg, police said.


Leon Bowers was in stable condition Monday night at Washington County Hospital, and his injuries were not considered to be life-threatening, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Bowers was driving the ATV south on Chestnut Grove Road when it ran into the side of a Chevrolet Tahoe that was turning onto Chestnut Grove Road from Harpers Ferry Road, according to a spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Bowers failed to stop for a stop sign before the collision, police said.

A female passenger on the ATV was taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital, and her injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said.

The driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe, Russel Ponton of Waldorf, Md., was not injured, the spokesman said. A passenger in Ponton's vehicle also was not injured, police said.

The accident was reported at 6:42 p.m.

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