5-vehicle accident closes Route 140 for 6 hours

March 11, 1997

State police closed Route 140 for six hours yesterday after a five-vehicle accident that involved three tractor-trailers west of Taneytown, near the Frederick County line.

A tractor-trailer driven by Ronald M. Stottlemyer, 50, of Sabillasville jackknifed while braking to avoid a car, which had slowed to turn into a store parking lot about 9 a.m. The car was driven by Mary E. Long, 76, of Taneytown.

The rig was struck by an eastbound tractor-trailer driven by William J. Cole, 40, of Duncansville, Pa. Cole's truck veered off the road and struck an unoccupied parked car.

Police said the first truck continued west, struck Long's car and then was hit from behind by a third tractor-trailer, driven by Edward C. Portner, 56, of Thurmont.

All drivers were taken to Gettysburg Hospital in Gettysburg, Pa., for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

Police, who are continuing an investigation, said state environmental officials were called to the scene to deal with a minor spill of diesel fuel.

Taneytown railroad crossing targeted for improvements

The State Highway Administration wants to make improvements on a railroad crossing on East Baltimore Street in Taneytown, but no work schedule has been set.

The SHA will tap its fund for improving railroad crossings to finance the work, said John Concannon, SHA district engineer for Carroll and Frederick counties.

Planned work includes removing two of the three tracks, adding a concrete surface to make it easier for tires to ride over the remaining track and installing a signal that will flash as a train approaches.

Taneytown does not have regular rail service, but Maryland Midland Railway Co., based in Union Bridge, uses the track occasionally to serve Taneytown customers.

Concannon said the local railroad will engineer the improvements but must submit cost estimates and designs for SHA approval. He said the agency has asked the railway to submit plans by the end of this month.

Police

Taneytown: A resident of Kirby Kountry Drive told police Sunday that someone used a screwdriver to punch a hole in a satellite dish outside the home between 7 p.m. Friday and 5: 30 p.m. Sunday. Damage was estimated at $300.

Pub Date: 3/11/97

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