Four die in traffic accidents With hours to go, state highway fatalities below total for 1989

December 31, 1990|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff Bruce Reid contributed to this story.

Four people have died in traffic accidents in Maryland since the weekend began, including a woman whose car struck a tractor-trailer today on Interstate 95 in Cecil County, State Police said.

With hours to go in 1990, 716 people have died on Maryland roads so far this year, compared with 749 at the same time last year, police said.

In the latest accident, an unidentified woman was killed today when the car she was driving crossed the median of Interstate 95 near Elkton and struck a tractor-trailer.

State Police at the John F. Kennedy Highway barracks said the accident occurred at Md. 545 shortly before 8 a.m. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not seriously injured.

I-95 southbound around the accident scene was closed for nearly two hours. One lane southbound had been reopened by 10 a.m.

About 5 p.m. Saturday, Ernestine Galvin, 73, was driving in heavy fog on Md. 27 south of Md. 80 in Damascus, Montgomery County, when she crossed the center line and struck three oncoming cars, police said.

Galvin, of Springfield, Va., was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Five occupants of the other cars were taken to a Montgomery County hospital for treatment for various injuries, police said.

About 5:30 p.m. Friday in Baltimore County, Laura Jean Frey was driving out of the Nob Hill development onto Westminster Pike, Md. 140, near Reisterstown when her 1990 Honda Accord was struck by two westbound cars, one a Chevrolet Citation and the other a Mercedes-Benz, police said.

State Police said Frey, 43, of the 7600 block of Woodbine Road in Woodbine, Carroll County, died about 7 p.m. at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore.

Because of rain and fog, Frey was unable to be transported by State Police Med-Evac helicopter and went by ambulance, police said.

A passenger in Frey's car, David Grimes, 27, also of the 7600 block of Woodbine Road, and the driver of the Citation, Edward Volkman, of Taneytown, Carroll County, were taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital, where they were treated and released, police said.

Police said Henry Black, 42, of the 1200 block of Reisterstown Road in Pikesville, who was driving the Mercedes-Benz, was not injured.

Driver error on the part of Frey contributed to the accident, police said.

State Police at Forestville reported a truck driver died Friday afternoon when his rig crashed through a guardrail alongside Interstate 95 near Oxon Hill and crashed down an embankment.

Police said Michael V. McKinnon, 37, of Bennett, S.C., was southbound on I-95 near Livingston Road about 2:30 p.m. when, for no apparent reason, the rig veered to the right and crashed through the guardrail next to the shoulder.

The 18-wheeler then struck a metal road sign before plummeting down the embankment, police said. McKinnon was pronounced dead at the scene.

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