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Driver loses control of car, hits house and oncoming car

April 26, 2011

A Hagerstown man was charged with operating an unsafe vehicle on the highway and failure to drive right of center after his car struck an oncoming car on Longmeadow Road and a house Tuesday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Kirk Mathers, 26, was transported to Meritus Medical Center after the 11:54 a.m. crash, according to a news release from Deputy First Class Bryan Teets.

Mathers was driving a 1990 Volvo east on Longmeadow Road near Corello Drive when he began having car trouble, the release said.

Mathers lost control of the Volvo, crossed the center line and struck a westbound 2000 Ford Focus being driven by Lovado Remsburg of Hagerstown, Teets said.

Remsburg's car spun around and Mathers' car went through a yard and struck a sewer pipe, a row of hedges and a house, Teets said.

Remsburg also was taken to Meritus Medical Center. A hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday night said she had no information on Remsburg or Mathers.

There was minor damage to the house and one lane of Longmeadow Road was closed for an hour, Teets said.

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