3 teen-agers injured in Howard crash

July 04, 1992|By Sheridan Lyons and Marina Sarris | Sheridan Lyons and Marina Sarris,Staff Writers

Three teen-agers were injured, one seriously, when two cars collided on a wet two-lane road in western Howard County yesterday afternoon.

Earlier in Carroll County, fallen power lines ignited a fire and closed Route 97 near the Pennsylvania line for about six hours after a pickup truck snapped a utility pole, state police said.

The Howard County accident left a 14-year-old Sykesville boy, who had not been wearing a seat belt, in serious condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center last night, county police said.

Two Woodbine teens who had worn their seat belts received less serious injuries in the 4 p.m. accident on Woodbine Road. A northbound Nissan 200SX driven by a 17-year-old male rounded a downhill curve, crossed the yellow line and hit a southbound Ford Taurus operated by a 16-year-old female, Officer Frederick Von Briesen said.

The 17-year-old was taken to Carroll County General Hospital witha broken nose and facial cuts. The 16-year-old was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital with a broken leg.

The 14-year-old had been riding in the Nissan, as had a 17-year-old male who escaped injury, said Officer Von Briesen, who withheld the teens' names. Speed may have been a factor, he said.

Injured in the earlier accident was Travis Mann, 18, of Deep Run Road, Westminster, who was treated at Carroll County General Hospital. Police charged him with negligent driving after his Toyota truck ran off southbound Route 97 about 5 a.m. and struck the pole near Black Schoolhouse Road in Silver Run.

The live wires ignited a brush fire, and Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.crews worked until about 11:20 a.m. to clear the hazard, police said. About 415 utility customers lost power. Power was restored before noon and Route 97 was reopened.

Also in Carroll County, at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, three teen-age passengers were injured in a single-car accident and taken by helicopter to the Shock Trauma Center, state police said.

The three were riding in a 1983 Chevrolet Chevette that ran off eastbound John Pickett Road, west of Woodbine, and struck a parked Ford flatbed truck, according to police.

David Michael Sean Heaps, 16, of the 1100 block of Barston Drive, Westminster, was charged with speeding and negligent driving, police said. He was treated at Carroll County General Hospital and released.

At the Shock Trauma Center yesterday were Sara Neugebauer and Sean Vancleave, 16, both in critical but stable condition, and Haven Barnes, in fair and stable condition.

Also late Thursday night, two Anne Arundel County men were taken to the Shock Trauma Center after their car hit a BG&E utility pole at Ritchie Highway and East Way, county police said.

The driver, James Howard Minnix, 31, of Severna Park, was in fair and stable condition; passenger Steven Nicholas Lucas, 24, of Glen Burnie, who was ejected from the 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle, was in serious but stable condition.

Also at the Shock Trauma Center in serious condition yesterday was an Ocean City man whose van hit a tractor-trailer that had jackknifed on eastbound U.S. 50, near Dominion Road on Kent Island, at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, state police at the Centreville barracks said.

The truck driver, Clyde Nutter, 42, of Brownsville, N.J., was changing lanes when his rig jackknifed, across all three lanes, police said.

The truck was hit by a 1978 Ford van driven by Joseph Galvagna, 78, of Ocean City, who was taken to the Shock Trauma Center.

Two passengers in the van, Donna Bachman, 43, and Amy Bachman, 4, both of Ocean City, were treated for bruises.

Mr. Nutter was charged with negligent driving and Mr. Galvagna with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, police said.

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