Hagerstown woman seriously hurt in crash near Keedysville

April 20, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER |
  • Mike Ingram, of Ingram's towing in Jefferson, Md., removes a car that crashed Wednesday afternoon on Mount Briar Road southeast of Keedysville, seriously injuring a Hagerstown woman.
By Kate S. Alexander

KEEDYSVILLE — A Hagerstown woman was in serious condition Wednesday at Meritus Medical Center after the car she was driving veered off the road into flowing water in a ditch along a road southeast of Keedysville.

The driver, Judy Burnham, 41, of Hagerstown was transported to Mertius near Hagerstown with what were believed to be minor injuries. However, a hospital representative said Wednesday evening that Burnham had been moved to the operating room in critical condition.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether the blue Chevy Z26 Burnham was driving hit some water running across Mount Briar Road near the intersection with Marble Quarry Road before swerving off the road into the ditch, where it also struck a small tree, Deputy Ken Cain said.

The accident was reported at 2:31 p.m., a 911 dispatcher said.

The car ended up on its side, about 100 feet south of the intersection, in the drain-fed ditch along Mount Briar Road.  The intersection is just south of the Little Antietam Creek.

Burnham could not get the driver’s side door on the two-door car open, Cain said. Rescuers advised the woman against climbing out of the window and instead cut off the top of the vehicle, Cain said.

Firefighters from Shepherdstown, W.Va., responded, as did Community Rescue Service and Boonsboro Ambulance & Rescue, according to a 911 dispatcher.

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