Woman dies, 9 injured in 4 days of accidents

September 02, 1992|By Traci A. Johnson and Bill Talbott | Traci A. Johnson and Bill Talbott,Staff Writers

One person died and nine were injured in a rash of accidents around the county in the past few days, state police reported.

A 23-year old Annandale, Va., woman was killed Monday and three people were injured in a three-car crash on state Route 31 in Westminster.

Rachel Allyn Muenzenmayer was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which closed the road for about two hours while rescue workers cut through the roof of one of the vehicles to remove the injured. Police rerouted traffic around the accident.

Ms. Muenzenmayer was driving east on Route 31 at about 2:27 p.m. and attempting to make a left turn onto Long Valley Road when her Toyota Corolla was struck in the rear by a Dodge Ram truck driven by George Donald Hess of New Windsor. The Toyota was propelled into the path of a Plymouth Voyager van coming in the opposite direction, driven by Nevin L. McCann, of Glen Rock, Pa.

Mr. McCann and a passenger, Ollie McCann, were flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Nevin McCann was released yesterday, and Ollie McCann was listed in critical but stable condition last night. Another passenger in the Plymouth, 2-year-old Kaitlin Simons, was not injured, police said.

Mr. Hess was taken to Carroll County General Hospital and was in stable condition last night.

Also on Monday, police responded to a single-car accident at state Route 140 and South Pleasant Valley Road that sent one person to the Shock Trauma Center. State police would not release any information about the accident yesterday.

A Mount Airy teen and a 55-year-old Florida woman were also flown to the center after an accident in Taylorsville Friday night, state police said.

Bethany Leigh Grochowski, 17, of the 200 block of Fleming Road, was turning left onto Braddock Road from the southbound lane of state Route 27 at around 9 p.m. when her Geo Metro was struck by the Ford Escort in which Vesta Safrans, 55, was a passenger.

Steven Safrans, 47, the Ford's driver, and Betty Jean Staples, a passenger in the Ford, were treated at Carroll County General Hospital and released. Ms. Grochowski's passenger, 16-year-old Timothy Hinsche, was also treated at the hospital and released.

Ms. Grochowski was released from the hospital Saturday, and Mrs. Safrans was released Monday, a spokesman for the hospital said.

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