by Geoff Fox
A Needmore fire engine was damaged in an accident on December 21 after responding to a brush fire in the median of westbound Interstate 70 in the Warfordsburg area.
According to Pennsylvania State Police, the fire engine was legally parked in the left lane of I-70 where it had arrived to put out a brush fire in the median.
A 2017 Subaru Forester was in the right lane passing the fire engine as a 2014 Volvo VNL tractor-trailer was following the Forester. Police said the tractor-trailer was traveling too fast for existing conditions.
As the Forester slowed down, the tractor-trailer was unable to slow in time and then drove between the car and fire engine.
The tractor-trailer struck the left rear of the Forester and then struck the front of the fire engine. The front left of the tractor-trailer then struck the front right of the fire engine.
Both the tractor-trailer and Forester came to rest on the westbound shoulder of I-70, police said.
The tractor-trailer sustained damage to the front right and two flat trailer tires.
Police said the Forester sustained damage to its left rear area and a flat tire.
The fire engine sustained damage to the front right area, police said.
Fischer’ s Towing arrived and changed a tire for the Forester and Bain’ s Mobile Truck and Trailer Repair arrived and changed the two flat trailer tires for the tractor-trailer.
Police said all three vehicles were driven from the scene.
The operator of the tractor-trailer was cited for the incident.
Two arrested for drugs
A November traffic stop led to the arrest of two Berkeley Springs residents on Great Cove Road in Fulton County.
According to Pennsylvania State Police, troopers from the McConnellsburg Barrack conducted a traffic stop on Great Cove Road on a 2020 Toyota Camry.
Police said the driver of the car, Dawn Flasher, 43, of Berkeley Springs, was found to be in possession marijuana and tramadol.
Police said the passenger, Brandon Shoop, 35, also of Berkeley Springs, was also found to be in possession of marijuana.
According to online court documents, Flasher was charged with marijuana – small amount personal use, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and five counts of obstructed window.
Online court documents show Shoop was charged with marijuana – small amount personal use and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.
Pennsylvania State Police are asking the public’s help in locating two stolen street signs.
According to police, on December 25, two street signs were stolen from the 4200 block of Timber Ridge Road.
The signs, valued at a combined $150, were a STOP sign and a West Orchard Road street sign.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police McConnellsburg at 717-485-3131.