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Police: No charges in crash that trapped woman for 18 hours

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Photos courtesy of the West Hempfield Township Police Department Photos courtesy of the West Hempfield Township Police Department
MARIETTA, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Mount Joy woman who spent 18 hours trapped in a crashed SUV will not face any charges, police said Wednesday.

Corporal Douglas L. Ober, of the West Hempfield Township Police Department, said his investigation found absolutely no indications that 18-year-old Brooke Spence was involved in any illegal acts prior to the crash Saturday night.

Ober said he does not suspect texting was a factor, but believes Spence likely fell asleep before she drove off Route 23 and struck a guide wire for an electricity pole, causing the 2002 Dodge Durango she was driving to go airborne.

The Dodge then went head first into a culvert and flipped onto its roof, pinning Spence in the driver's seat at the bottom of a 20-foot embankment.

Spence crashed sometime between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., but it wasn't until after 5 p.m. Sunday that police and EMS crews were notified of the crash. She was removed from the Durango and transported to Lancaster General Hospital, where she was listed in serious condition Wednesday.

Police said the crash went undetected until a witness observed the vehicle from his home and called 911.

Ober said Wednesday that the crash was heard by many people in the area, but no one called 911 to have the source investigated, even though the crash caused a brief power lapse.

He said Spence endured a "very traumatic experience," and he added that the strength she has to endure being trapped in her vehicle for 18 hours is remarkable.

He said the department hopes and prays that she recovers quickly from her injuries.

 

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