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Three seriously hurt in Sharpsburg Pike crash

June 28, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • The front end of a Subaru Forester was smashed in Tuesday morning in a collision with a Hyundai Tucson, shown at left, on Tuesday morning on Sharspburg Pike (Md. 65) near Antietam National Battlefield. Three people were taken to Meritus Medical Center following the crash.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

SHARPSBURG — Three people, including two Harpers Ferry, W.Va., residents, were taken to Meritus Medical Center to be treated for serious injuries following a two-vehicle accident Tuesday on Md. 65 near Antietam National Battlefield.

All three people involved in the accident — William Lee of McLean, Va., and Richard and Cynthia Nutzman of Harpers Ferry — were being evaluated in the emergency room as of 4:15 p.m., a hospital spokeswoman said.

Maryland State Police said the accident occurred at about 11:15 a.m., when the Hyundai Tucson that Lee was driving pulled from Dunker Church Road into the path of a Subaru Forrester that the Nutzmans were driving north on Md. 65.

Trooper 1st Class J. Eichelberger said at the scene that he believed all three people suffered serious injuries.

Md. 65, which also is known as Sharpsburg Pike, was closed in both directions for about 90 minutes in the area of the accident. Traffic was backed up in the southbound lane, and park rangers diverted traffic through the battlefield.

The road reopened shortly before 1 p.m.

The Subaru came to rest in the southbound lane of Md. 65, while the Hyundai was facing north in a drainage ditch on the west shoulder of the road.

Both vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage and had to be towed away.

TheWashington County Sheriff’s Office and fire companies from Maryland and West Virginia were at the scene, as were U.S. Park Service rangers.

Firefighters spread an absorbent on the road to soak up fluids that leaked from the Subaru. Workers also used large brooms to remove glass and other debris that was left from the wreckage.

The crash site was close to the spot where a fatal accident occurred more than a year ago.

Danielle Paikin, 20, of Newark, Del., died May 6, 2010, when the car in which she was riding was struck by one vehicle, then by another as it sat in the roadway.

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