Teen-ager avoids serious harm when car flips, lands in ditch

February 26, 1999

A Manchester teen-ager, who was wearing a seat belt, avoided serious injury early yesterdaywhen her car ran onto a soft shoulder in northern Carroll County, bounced and flipped end over end.

Lisa Marie Barge, 16, of the 3100 block of Coachman Way was taken by MedEvac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday.

State police said Barge was traveling east on Old Fort Schoolhouse Road near Albert Rill Road west of Manchester at 7: 45 a.m. when the right front tire of her Chevrolet Cavalier ran off the pavement.

The soft shoulder caused the car to veer farther off the road and bounce into the air, police said. The front of the car struck the ground 20 feet from where it left the road, and the car flipped over. Its rear end struck the ground 40 feet farther along the shoulder, causing the car to flip again before coming to rest in a ditch.

Arthur Barge, the girl's father, said his daughter was on her way to school when the accident occurred. He said she was able to crawl out through the driver's-side window, which was smashed.

He said his daughter had a few scrapes and bruises.

"There's no question the seat belt saved her from being more seriously injured," he said.

Plant a tree in Manchester in honor of a loved one

Manchester area residents who wish to honor a loved one by planting a tree may contact the Town Hall for an application.

The cost is $25 and must be sent with the application to Town Hall during March.

Families who have paid for a tree will be invited to participate in a planting ceremony in late April or early May.

Applications are available from Town Hall, 3208 York St. Information: 410-239-3200.

Fire

Hampstead: Firefighters from Hampstead, Manchester and Lineboro responded at 1: 54 p.m. Wednesday to a chimney fire in the 4200 block of Maple Grove Road. Units were out 44 minutes.

Pub Date: 2/26/99

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