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Two taken to hospital following three-vehicle crash on I-70

September 15, 2011
  • Fire and rescue personnel prepare to transport a person from the scene of a crash Thursday morning on Interstate 70 near Exit 32
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

HAGERSTOWN — Two people were taken to Meritus Medical Center after a three-vehicle accident Thursday morning on eastbound Interstate 70 at the exit for U.S. 40.

A Ford Windstar minivan entered I-70 from the Dual Highway at Exit 32 and slowed as it entered the flow of traffic, according to Maryland State Trooper Ryan Shaffer.  It was  struck by a tractor-trailer, which then swerved into the left lane of traffic and struck a motorcycle, Shaffer said.

The motorcycle was forced into the median, where it overturned, he said.

The drivers of the minivan and the motorcycle were taken to the hospital, Shaffer said.

The extent of their injuries was unknown but a state police spokesman said later in the day that the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Names of the people involved in the accident were not available Thursday.

There were no passengers in the vehicles involved in the 9:30 a.m. crash, Shaffer said.

The Washington County's Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene. The Mt. Aetna and Funkstown fire companies, and ambulances from Smithsburg and Community Rescue Service also responded.

— Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

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