Couple survives crash landing in S.C.SPARTANBURG, S.C...


December 28, 1993

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Couple survives crash landing in S.C.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Highway passers-by found an injured Anne Arundel County couple who crash-landed their single-engine plane into a grove of trees in rural Spartanburg County yesterday.

Pilot John Demyan, a 46-year-old attorney, and his wife, Margaret Demyan, 44, both of the 200 block of Third Ave. S.W. in Glen Burnie, were treated at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and were in good condition, hospital spokeswoman Ashley Laye said.

Mr. Demyan suffered facial lacerations and an ankle fracture and was admitted to the hospital overnight, Ms. Laye said. Mrs. Demyan was treated and released for minor injuries, Ms. Laye said.

Gene Sims said he saw the plane go down and then spotted the glint of metal in the trees off Highway 11 as he was driving home yesterday. He said he and some other passers-by stopped and found the wreckage of the Demyans' Piper Cherokee plane.

Mr. Demyan got out of the plane on his own, and rescue workers got his wife out.

Man is struck by car on highway, dies


ARNOLD -- An unidentified man, believed to be homeless, was struck and killed yesterday afternoon while walking along the shoulder of Ritchie Highway near Joyce Lane, county police said.

The man's death brought to 660 the number of persons killed on the state's roadways so far this year, compared to 633 the same time in 1992, said the state police.

Residents forced to flee fire in apartment


CARNEY -- Eight people, including two children, were forced to flee their homes early today when a fire destroyed one of four apartments in the 9300 block of Harford Road.

No injuries were reported among the occupants who fled into 21-degree weather or among firefighters from five fire stations who brought the blaze under control at 1:36 a.m.

The single-alarm fire, said Battalion Chief Mark J. Ewers, began in a first-floor front apartment whose occupant was not home when the fire was reported at 12:53 a.m.

Chief Ewers said most of the fire was confined to that apartment but that three others on the second floor suffered smoke and water damage.

Two businesses on the first floor, the Carney barber shop and Susan's Coiffures, also sustained smoke and water damage.

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