Driver taken to hospital after rollover crash on U.S. 40

July 02, 2012|By DAN DEARTH |
  • Firefighters work to extricate the driver from a vehicle that went off the 15500 block National Pike (U.S. 40) Monday afternoon and rolled over into a nearby yard.
By Dan Dearth/Staff Writer

HUYETTS — A man was freed from an overturned vehicle Monday and taken by ambulance to Meritus Medical Center after a crash on National Pike (U.S. 40) west of Huyetts Crossroads.

The accident occurred at about 1:15 p.m. in the 15500 block of National Pike, about 150 yards west of Antietam Valley Animal Hospital. An Oldsmobile with West Virginia license plates went off the road, crashed through a chain-link fence and came to rest in a sunken yard about 8 feet below the road surface. The vehicle rolled onto the driver’s side.

Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class K. George said two witnesses saw the driver leave the Sheetz convenience store at the intersection of Md. 63 and U.S. 40 driving erratically, and they followed him west on U.S. 40.

“He just ran off the road for unknown reasons. It’s under investigation right now,” George said.

The driver was conscious and alert, and he was talking to rescuers when he was freed from the vehicle, George said.

Lynn Clark lives at 15515 National Pike, where the crash occurred.

“I was just getting ready to take a nap to go to work. All of a sudden I heard a crash and thought the house was coming down,” Clark said.

U.S. 40 was closed in both directions for about one hour while rescuers worked at the scene, and reopened at 2:28 p.m., a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said.

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