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August 6, 2013
Maryland State Police are investigating a hit-and-run accident north of Boonsboro Tuesday morning that sent one person to the hospital. The incident occurred at about 8:15 a.m. on Mapleville Road in the area of Benevola Church Road, police said in a news release. A white Jeep Liberty driven by James Bagwell of Fairmont, W.Va., was traveling south on Mapleville Road when the driver of a blue pickup truck traveling north lost control on the wet road and slid into the southbound lane, hitting the Jeep, according to police.
July 31, 2013
A Waynesboro man was killed in a Wednesday morning vehicle crash south of town. Alfred V. Balsam, 46, of 119 N. Broad St. was pronounced dead at the scene of the single-vehicle accident at 15015 Wayne Highway, Washington Township, Pa., police said. The crash occurred at about 5:30 a.m., police said. Police were continuing to investigate the accident near Iron Bridge Road. Wayne Highway, or Pa. 316 South, is a connector road between Waynesboro and Hagerstown.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | July 28, 2013
Two people were badly burned in a Sunday morning accident west of Boonsboro in which the car they were in caught fire after hitting a fire hydrant, rupturing the fuel tank, Boonsboro Deputy Fire Chief Keith Abrecht said. The man driving the car and the female passenger had severe or third-degree burns, Abrecht said. Both had life-threatening injuries, said Sgt. Daniel Faith with the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The man was transported via LifeNet helicopter to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Faith said.
July 26, 2013
One person was taken to a West Virginia hospital early Friday night after an accident involving a motorcycle in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near the three-mile marker, according to Washington County Emergency Services supervisor. The accident, which reportedly also involved a passenger vehicle, was called in shortly after 6 p.m., he said. One patient was being transported by ambulance to the Martinsburg VA Medical Center, but the supervisor could not confirm if it was the operator of the motorcycle or another person.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | July 25, 2013
A tractor-trailer collided with a van on westbound Interstate 70 at the bridge over Interstate-81 near Halfway before noon Thursday, causing a chain-reaction accident involving seven vehicles that sent four people to the hospital and slowed traffic for hours. The accident occurred as traffic slowed on the interstate and the 18-wheeler tried to stop behind an Odyssey Van pulling a trailer with two motorcycles, said Trooper Dave Thompson of the Maryland State Police. “When he tried to stop he lost control,” Thompson said.
July 22, 2013
One person was flown to a hospital early Monday evening following a single-vehicle accident in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81, just north of the Pennsylvania-Maryland state line, according to a Franklin County Emergency Services dispatcher. The dispatcher did not know the extent of the patient's injuries or the destination hospital. Pennsylvania State Police are handling the investigation. The call for the accident went out at 3:37 p.m., and emergency crews had cleared the scene by about 5:20 p.m., the dispatcher said.
July 18, 2013
The medical condition of a Hancock man who was injured earlier this month in a motorcycle accident on U.S. 40 has been upgraded. The condition of Christopher Elwood Hull, 20, was  changed from critical to serious condition at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said Thursday. He had been listed in critical condition earlier this week. Hull lost control of a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle on July 6 as he was heading west on U.S. 40 near Beaver Creek Road, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said at the time.
July 15, 2013
One person died after being thrown from a vehicle on McAfee Hill Road near Ritchie Road in the Cascade area early Monday, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. Terry Christopher Coblentz, 34, was driving eastbound on McAfee Hill Road when it crossed the center line of the roadway, struck a stone wall and overturned, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Coblentz was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:37 a.m. accident. Police said the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the accident.
July 9, 2013
Waynesboro police are seeking witnesses to a motorcycle accident at 12:18 p.m. Monday near McDonald's. Police said a white vehicle exited the restaurant's parking lot at 302 E. Main St. and entered the path of an eastbound motorcycle. “The motorcycle operator was forced to lay the cycle over onto the pavement to avoid collision,” police wrote in a news release. The motorcycle operator suffered hip and shoulder injuries, and was taken to Waynesboro Hospital, police said.
July 8, 2013
Police are investigating a hit-and-run accident in which a vehicle struck and damaged a concrete retaining wall near the intersection of Fort Loudon Road and South Main Street, according to a news release from the Mercersburg Police Department. Chief John D. Zechman said in the release that the incident happened between Friday, June 28, and Tuesday, July 2. Zechman said a truck or a piece of farming equipment traveling north on Fort Loudon Road scraped the retaining wall for approximately 75 feet before turning right onto South Main Street.
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