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Two men injured in I-81 accident

June 19, 2011

WILLIAMSPORT — A Chambersburg, Pa., man was taken to Meritus Medical Center on Saturday after he was thrown from the car he was driving when the car hit a guardrail on Interstate 81 and rolled over, authorities said.

A passenger also was taken to the hospital after being extricated from the car, Maryland State Police said.

Both men were treated at Meritus Medical Center and released, a hospital spokeswoman said Sunday.

Albert Joseph Schmid, 57, was driving a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire north in the slow lane of I-81, south of Md. 68 south of Williamsport, shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday when the car left the interstate and hit the right guardrail, according to a Maryland State Police news release.

The car rolled over the guardrail and landed on its roof in the grass separating the exit ramp and right shoulder, police said.

The front-seat passenger, Edward Alan Deane, 51, with a last known address of Elkton, Md., was wearing his seat belt and had to be extricated from the car, police said.

Deane was taken to Meritus Medical Center by state police helicopter. Schmid was taken to the hospital via ambulance.

The slow lane of I-81 was closed for about 30 minutes and the ramp from northbound I-81 to Md. 68 was closed for about an hour, police said.

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