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Car, fire company tanker truck collide at intersection of Ringgold Pike, Jefferson Boulevard

February 03, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

A Leitersburg Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. tanker truck and a car being driven by a Boonsboro woman collided at the intersection of Ringgold Pike and Jefferson Boulevard Thursday afternoon, Maryland State Police said.

The 1994 Freightliner tanker truck, which had its emergency lights and siren activated, was traveling east on Ringgold Pike on its way to a structure fire in Franklin County, according to police and Kirk Mongan, chief of the fire department.

As the tanker approached the intersection with Jefferson Boulevard about 5:20 p.m., a 1997 Pontiac Trans Am being driven by Tina Marie Morris, 48, pulled into the intersection from southbound Jefferson Boulevard, according to police.

The Trans Am failed to yield the right of way and was struck by the tanker, police said.

The driver of the tanker, Milton Arthur Bloom III, 62, and passenger Frank Victor Shuey, 38, both members of the fire company, were taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown for precautionary checkups, police said.

Morris, who was cited, was not injured, police said.

Bloom and Shuey are expected to be fine, Mongan said Thursday night.

Mongan said he did not know the extent of damage to the tanker, but it did not seem to be major according to a picture of the tanker that he saw. He said he believes the truck can still be driven, but it will be checked by a mechanic to make sure.

Mongan said he cannot remember another similar accident involving a company vehicle.

"It happens. We're just glad everybody is OK," Mongan said.

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