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Two taken to hospital after one-vehicle crash on U.S. 40

May 28, 2012
  • Two female occupants of this Nissan Sentra were transported to Meritus Medical Center Monday afternoon following a crash on westbound Dual Highway.
Photo by C.J. Lovelace

Two people were transported to Meritus Medical Center Monday afternoon after a one-vehicle crash on westbound Dual Highway, just west of the Interstate 70 interchange, a fire official said.

The two female occupants were taken to Meritus Medical Center with unknown injuries, said Dave Fraley, chief of Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co.

Hagerstown police and a Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy were on the scene investigating the accident, which briefly shut down both lanes of traffic.

It appeared the vehicle, a red Nissan Sentra, struck a guardrail on the right-hand side of the roadway before it careened back across both lanes, up into the median embankment and then back to the right side of the road, where it struck a curb, Fraley said.

Both front and rear bumpers of the vehicle were on the ground near the vehicle, and there was heavy damage on the passenger side.

Tire tracks could be seen going up the embankment and back toward the roadway, accompanied by a spattering of dirt on the asphalt that faded as the tracks got closer to the curb.

A mangled wheel with a detached tire was lying on the ground near the guardrail about 200 feet from where the vehicle came to rest.

Emergency crews were dispatched at 4:01 p.m., a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said.

Fire police directed traffic slowly around the accident before the roadway was reopened at about 5:15 p.m., the dispatcher said.

Units from Independent Junior Fire Engine Co. also responded to the scene. Ambulances from Community Rescue Service transported the victims to Meritus.

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