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No one seriously injured in accident near Doub Elementary, Hicks Middle schools

April 15, 2013
  • The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident Monday collects his thoughts after losing control of his car as Hagerstown Police Officer Tom Bartles investigates near E. Russell Hicks Middle School. A front seat passenger in the car escaped serious injury.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

No one was seriously injured Monday afternoon when several wooden fence rails sliced through the windshield of a car that crashed through a fence on the south end of Hagerstown, police said.

Hagerstown Police Officer T. Bartles said at the scene that the accident happened at about 1:30 p.m., when a Chevrolet Monte Carlo being driven by a 17-year-old male demolished part of a wood fence between Emma K. Doub Elementary and E. Russell Hicks Middle schools.

The Chevrolet continued to travel for about 100 yards through a grove of young trees before it came to rest. Several wooden rails from the fence pierced the front passenger’s side windshield, continued through the interior of the car and shattered the rear window.

Bartles said the driver and a teenage girl who was a passenger in the front seat didn’t appear to be seriously injured.

“She’s a very lucky girl,” he said.

Bartles said the driver claimed to be driving down a road between the two schools when he lost control and struck the fence. The driver told officers that the brakes failed when he tried to stop.

He said no charges would be filed.

The names of the teenagers were not released.

Broken glass, car parts and splintered wood were strewn on the ground where the car crashed through the fence.

— Dan Dearth

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