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Driver loses control of car, ends up in C&O Canal

December 10, 2012

SHARPSBURG — A car ended up in the C&O Canal on Monday night after the driver lost control of the vehicle, said Lt. Tom Newton, with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Emergency crews checked out the car’s driver, but the driver was not being taken to the hospital, emergency officials said.

The one-vehicle accident in the 17100 block of Canal Road, which runs along the C&O Canal and Potomac River, was reported at 8:12 p.m. Monday, a 911 supervisor said. That stretch of Canal Road is about 1 3/4 mile south of the Potomac River bridge to Shepherdstown, W.Va.

The 911 supervisor and Newton did not know if the car was submerged, but Newton said the plan was to try to tow the car out of the canal on Monday night.

Personnel from the National Park Service, which operates the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, were called to the scene, the 911 supervisor said.

 — Julie E. Greene

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