4 Mt. Hebron students injured in auto accident ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

October 15, 1992|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Four Mount Hebron High School students received minor injuries yesterday when their sedan ran off the road on Route 99 and overturned, trapping three of them inside until rescuers could free them, said a county fire and rescue spokesman.

"They are very fortunate" to be alive, said Battalion Chief Donald R. Howell, the spokesman. "Miraculously, the injuries were minor. They could've been fatal."

Police spokesman Gary L. Gardner said the students were wearing seat belts, which may have saved their lives.

Police have charged Pamela J. Hagler, 42, of the 9200 block of Maple Rock Drive, with failure to yield the right-of-way and negligent driving.

Police said that about 7:30 a.m. yesterday, Ms. Hagler's Dodge Aries pulled into the path of the teen-agers' westbound Chevrolet Celebrity, forcing it to flip over at Route 99 (Old Frederick Road) and Maple Rock Drive, about 1 mile west of the high school. Ms. Hagler was not hurt.

Passengers in the Celebrity were Kristin Degrandis, 17, of the 4700 block of Haleheaven Drive; Bonnie S. Hoffman, 16, of the 5000 block of Bonnie Branch Road; and the driver, Lisa M. Board, 17, and her sister, Christine Board, 14, of the 5000 block of Pasture Court. They were on their way to school.

Miss Hoffman managed to escape from the overturned car, Chief Howell said. She refused medical treatment.

The other three were taken by ambulance to Howard County General Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries, a hospital spokeswoman said.

When 20 fire and rescue personnel from the Ellicott City and Bethany stations arrived at the scene, the teen-agers' car was turned on the passenger side.

Rescuers removed the rear window to help the teen-agers escape, Chief Howell said.

The accident closed Route 99 for an hour during rush hour.

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