Colliding vans leave 4 injured Westminster crash hurts 2 seriously

November 11, 1992

Four people were injured, two seriously, when a van and a minivan -- both from Pennsylvania -- collided nearly head-on on Route 97 between Hook and Poole Roads in Westminster last night.

State police Tfc. Francisco Quisay said the van's driver, Joseph Swann, 43, of New Oxford, Pa., was northbound when an object fell out of the vehicle in front of his.

The trooper said Mr. Swann swerved to avoid the object, lost control of his van, crossed the center line of the highway and struck the southbound minivan driven by Luanne Bankert, 34, of Hanover, Pa.

The impact of the 6:12 p.m. crash sent both vehicles careening into the ditch beside the southbound lane about 500 yards north of Hook Road.

The minivan's engine caught fire as the vehicle rolled over on its side.

Trooper Quisay, who got to the scene moments after the crash, said he was able to extinguish the flames before emergency personnel arrived from the Westminster and Gamber fire companies.

Ms. Bankert was flown from the scene by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment of undetermined injuries.

Her son, Daniel, 10, and daughter, Rebecca Reedy, 13, both passengers in the minivan, were first taken to Carroll County General Hospital.

The boy was later flown to Shock Trauma for treatment of what Trooper Quisay described as a serious neck injury.

Both Rebecca Reedy and Mr. Swann were being treated at Carroll County General.

The trooper said Mr. Swann suffered a serious head injury and the Reedy girl appeared to have only minor injuries.

Trooper Quisay said the minivan was a total loss and the van had extensive damage to the front end. He said no charges would be filed against either driver.

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