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Eight taken to Meritus Medical Center after crash northeast of Hagerstown

April 19, 2012|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com
  • Eight people, including four children, were taken to Meritus Medical Center following a two-car crash that left one vehicle on its side Thursday evening northeast of Hagerstown. The collision at the intersection of Leitersburg Pike (Md. 60) and Leiters Mill Road was reported about 6:20 p.m., according to a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

Eight people, including four children, were taken to Meritus Medical Center following a two-car crash that left one vehicle on its side Thursday evening northeast of Hagerstown.

The collision at the intersection of Leitersburg Pike (Md. 60) and Leiters Mill Road was reported about 6:20 p.m., according to a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher.

An orange Dodge Journey sport utility vehicle was lying partially on its roof on an embankment along Leitersburg Pike after it was struck broadside by a red Honda Civic SI, said Trooper Shaffer of Maryland State Police, who declined to give his first name.

Two adults and three children were in the Dodge, and two adults and one child were in the Honda, according to Robert Myerly, deputy chief of the Leitersburg Fire Department.

None of their injuries was believed to be life-threatening, Myerly said.

The driver of the Honda, who was driving south on Leiters Mill Road, ran a stop sign and collided with the Dodge traveling on Md. 60 toward Waynesboro, Pa., sending it rolling onto its side, according to Shaffer.

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The driver of the Honda will be charged, Shaffer said.

The Honda had heavy front-end damage, and fluids were leaking onto the road. Debris and car parts were strewn across the crash scene as paramedics put several crying children on backboards and loaded them into waiting ambulances.

Fire police were directing motorists around the site as fire crews cleaned up and had the vehicles removed from the roadway.

Units cleared the scene and roads were reopened about 7:12 p.m., the dispatcher said.

David Holtzman, a resident of Leiters Mill Road who lives near the intersection, was cooking dinner when he heard emergency sirens and walked down to see what happened.

He said the intersection is dangerous because motorists travel too fast on Leitersburg Pike, or they don’t see the stop signs.

“It’s three or four times a year,” he said. “This is the second one this year.”

Fire and EMS units from Leitersburg, Smithsburg, Hagerstown and Waynesboro responded to the scene.

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