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Driver hurt as SUV crashes through two yards near Hagerstown

March 13, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Harris Blackwood, left, 12, and his mother Sherrie, center, 45, of Hagerstown, stare at the damage to their above ground pool in the back yard of their house at 13127 Primrose Lane with neighbor Pam Smith, 43. An SUV crashed into their pool Wednesday morning.
By Caleb Calhoun, Staff Writer

HAGERSTOWN — A Waynesboro, Pa., man was taken to the hospital after the SUV he was driving on Leitersburg Pike tore through two backyards, took down a playset and broke through the wall of a swimming pool on Primrose Lane north of Hagerstown.

The driver, Rayseen Carter of Waynesboro, Pa., was thrown from the SUV and hit the railing on the back porch of 13127 Primrose Lane, the same yard where the pool is located, according to Deputy David Haugh of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The SUV crashed through the wall of the above-ground pool, which was filled with water, and one of its rear wheels was submerged.

Carter, who was taken to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown with what were believed to be serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

A spokesperson at Meritus said they did not have a patient by that name at 4:30 p.m. 

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Sherrie Blackwood, who lives at 13127 Primrose Lane with her husband and three of her children, said that she was watching the news when she heard the crash, which she described as the “worst noise,” she ever heard.

“I ran downstairs, flipped on the porch light, and I saw the car almost on my deck with smoke coming from it,” she said. “I yelled to get my kids and two dogs out of the house. I was so afraid the car was going to catch fire.”

Blackwood, 45, said she was “screaming hysterically” and could not find anybody in the SUV so she thought the person might have fled until police and firefighters located Carter in the backyard. 

Her husband, Jamie, 50, was working in Washington, D.C., at the time. 

“She called me and let me know what happened, so I came home,” he said. “This is the second time we’ve had a car into the back yard, but this had a lot more significant damage.”

Sherrie and Jamie said that a few years ago another vehicle ran through their backyard coming from Leitersburg Pike.

Their son, Harris, 12, said that the sound of the crash woke him up.

“I heard my dogs barking so I thought they were about ready to come in my room and wake me up, and then I heard my mom yelling,” he said. “When I heard her yelling I came downstairs and saw everything, and I was amazed how it happened.”

Carter was traveling north on Leitersburg Pike when the SUV veered off the road where it intersects with Orchid Drive going through the backyards on Primrose Lane shortly after 6 a.m., Haugh said. Primrose Lane runs parallel to Leitersburg Pike. 

The SUV crashed through the back yard at 13131 Primrose Lane first, taking down the jungle gym there, before knocking down two trees, crashing into the next back yard, and crashing into the pool, Haugh said. 

Ben Diller, who lives at 13131 Primrose Lane with his wife and two children, said that everybody was in the house when the accident happened.

“We were still in bed just about to start to day and heard this crazy noise,” he said. “We didn’t realize what really happened, then we came out here and saw our playset was destroyed, and we just couldn’t quite put it all together until I came outside.”

Diller, 37, said he was relieved nobody was injured but thinking about how to clean up the “mess” in his back yard.

“We’ve got a lot of stuff to replace,” he said. “Spring is coming, Summer is coming, it’s the time when you want to be able to enjoy this stuff, and we won’t be able to do that.”

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