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Motorcyclist injured in collision with car on Alt. U.S. 40 near Funkstown

November 02, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • A firefighter helps clean up the scene of a Wednesday afternoon accident on Alternate U.S. 40 involving a Nissan Sentra sedan and a motorcycle.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

FUNKSTOWN — Two people, including a motorcyclist, and the driver of a Nissan Sentra were injured Wednesday afternoon in an accident on Alternate U.S. 40 outside Funkstown.

The rider of the motorcycle, 48-year-old Hagerstown resident Mark Newman, was taken to Meritus Medical Center off Robinwood Drive to be treated for broken legs, according to Senior Trooper David Matthews of the Maryland State Police.

The driver of the car, Sharon Shuman of Hagerstown, was taken to Meritus for treatment of injuries, a state police news release said.

Matthews said he didn't believe Newman's injuries were life-threatening.

The collision "actually ripped the steel toe right out of his boot," he said.

Both lanes of Alt. U.S. 40 were closed in front of Next Dimensions Catering while rescue workers cleaned up debris from the 12:30 p.m. crash. The lanes were reopened by 1 p.m.

Matthews said the accident happened when the Nissan driven by Shuman pulled out of the Next Dimensions parking lot at 132 Old National Pike and into the path of the motorcycle.

Lisa Taulton from Brownsville said she was sitting at a table in the Next Dimensions and looked out the front-door window just after the accident occurred.

"I saw this guy just (on) the ground, and at first, I thought he must be sick," Taulton said. "Then I saw the car and the motorcycle under it, and realized it was an accident."

Taulton said she does not know how she did not see the car and the motorcycle initially.

"I just couldn't believe what happened," she said. "It didn't feel real."

Shuman was charged with failure to yield, Matthews said.

Firefighters from the Funkstown Fire Department spread an absorbent material on the road to clean up fluids from the crash.

Staff Writer Caleb Calhoun contributed to this story.

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