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One taken to hospital after East Washington Street accident

July 08, 2012

One person was taken to Meritus Medical Center with minor injuries after a two-car collision at a downtown Hagerstown intersection Sunday afternoon, Hagerstown police said.

A witness told police that a tan Nissan Altima traveling on South Mulberry Street allegedly ran a red light and hit a black Toyota Corolla broadside on East Washington Street, Hagerstown Police Department Officer D.E. Marshall said.

After the impact, the Corolla careened onto the sidewalk at 201 E. Washington St. and hit a light pole, which was lying in the road by the time emergency responders arrived.

The passenger of the Corolla was taken to Meritus, Marshall said. The driver of the Corolla and the driver of the Altima were not transported, he said.

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The incident was reported at 2:50 p.m., a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said.

Traffic on East Washington Street was being rerouted around the accident at South Locust Street while crews cleaned up.

The road reopened around 3:45 p.m., a 911 dispatcher said.

The witness, Richard Guessford, who lives near the accident scene, said the Corolla slid sideways into the pole after the Altima collided with the driver’s side of the Corolla.

“It was a hard crash,” he said, shortly after speaking to police.

Stacie Hutton, of 148 E. Washington St., said she was inside her home when she heard a loud bang outside. Hutton said she came outside and saw the pole lying in the street.

“At first, I thought there were kids in the car, but there wasn’t,” she said.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, police said.

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