Rush-hour crash injures 3 near White Marsh

February 12, 1992|By Joe Nawrozki and Bruce Reid | Joe Nawrozki and Bruce Reid,Staff Writers Staff writer Glenn Small contributed to this article.

Three people were injured in a crash that created rush-hour havoc on Interstate 95 near White Marsh yesterday morning.

Two truck drivers were taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, state police said.

State police said the accident occurred about a mile north of the Interstate 695 interchange after a station wagon had a flat tire. The vehicle was traveling about 30 mph in the right lane next to the slow lane when a tractor-trailer owned by Northeast Motor Freight struck the rear of the car.

A truck carrying Valentine's Day plants then struck the tractor-trailer and a second tractor-trailer sideswiped the plant truck, police said.

Windell Dearing, 28, a tractor-trailer driver from Baltimore, was in stable condition.

Robbie Sanders, 31, the driver of a plant truck, from Morrisville, Pa., was in serious condition, said Sgt. Michael Eye of the JFK state police barracks. Mr. Sanders, who worked for a Perkasie, Pa., flower wholesaler, was delivering a load of Valentine's Day potted plants to stores in Washington, D.C., said his boss, Alfred B. Cox.

The flower truck was badly burned. A passer-by pulled the driver from the wreckage. "He probably saved his life," Trooper Dana Carter said of the rescuer, whose identity was unknown.

"Whoever rescued him deserves recognition," Mr. Cox said. "My driver is a very large man, so whoever rescued him must have been Paul Bunyan."

A third man injured in yesterday's crash, Juan Sandro De Rivero of Miami, was taken to Franklin Square Hospital. He was listed in good condition there after being treated for minor injuries, Sergeant Eye said. Mr. De Rivero was the driver of the station wagon. His wife, Gloria, 33, and his 2-year-old son, Juan Pablo, were not injured.

The accident tied up traffic north of White Marsh Boulevard for nearly two hours.

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