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Three Rangers Injured In Head-on Collision

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

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Three Harpers Ferry rangers - Mark Howard, Kimberly Morris-Ropp and Jeremy Murphy - were en route to federal magistrate's court in Martinsburg, West Virginia, on the morning of August 9th when a Mercury Sable traveling in the opposite lane crossed over the center line and struck their Ford Crown Victoria head on. Despite the damage caused to the vehicle, the rangers were spared serious injuries because all were wearing seatbelts and because both front seat air bags deployed. The rangers were unable to open any of the Ford's doors, but were able to kick out a window and get out of the car. A fire was detected in what was left of the engine compartment. As local EMS and fire arrived on scene, the rangers were in the process of attempting to aid the driver of the Mercury, who was also spared from serious injury. Ambulances transported all four to City Hospital in Martinsburg, where they were treated and released. The rangers are reported doing well but "feeling pretty beat up." They will be on leave for a few days. Says chief ranger Jennifer Flynn: "We are feeling very lucky based on the condition of the vehicle that their injuries were not more severe. They were driving a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria that was about two months old." The accident investigation is being conducted by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department. Ranger Josh Cunningham of C&O Canal is investigating for the NPS.


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