Three killed in wrecks on wet Md. highways

November 27, 1992|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

Three people died on rain-slick Maryland highways Thanksgiving Day, including a 39-year-old woman whose car left the Jones Falls Expressway over a 3-foot concrete wall and plunged about 40 feet to the rocky ground below.

Other fatal accidents were reported in Anne Arundel County, where a car flipped over on a wet roadway near Harundale, and in Washington County, where a car skidded into a guard rail in Hancock.

The accident on the Jones Falls Expressway in Baltimore occurred about 3:30 p.m. when, witnesses said, a southbound car went over the 3-foot tall Jersey wall along the elevated highway near the Cold Spring Lane exit in Baltimore.

It appeared that the car veered to the right side of the highway and the wheels began climbing up the barrier, witnesses said. After straddling the wall for several seconds, the car went over the edge, they said.

The car fell roughly 40 feet and landed mainly on its roof, crushing most of the interior.

Police said the driver, a Canton area woman whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives, was dead on impact. No one else was inside.

Why the car veered and struck the barrier was unknown, police said.

Within minutes after the accident, about 40 passersby got out ocars and leaned over the edge to peer at the wreckage, causing a minor delay for southbound traffic. The barrier was covered with black tire marks from the car.

Elsewhere, police said, fog, showers, spray and slick roads made driving difficult around the state for holiday travelers.

Washington County

In Washington County, a passenger in a car was killed about 5 a.m. when the vehicle skidded out of control in the westbound lane of Route 144 near Tonoloway Creek bridge, county sheriffs said.

The car, driven by Albert Winfield Mills, 20, of Hancock, hit a guard rail and a concrete portion of a walkway over the creek, where it became wedged, the sheriffs office said.

Mr. Mills, who was wearing his seat belt, was able to free himself from the car and was unhurt.

A passenger in the car who was not wearing a seat belt, Mathew Tate Smith, 21, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., was pronounced dead at 5:58 a.m. at Washington County General Hospital.

The sheriff's office said speed, driver error and alcohol were contributing factors to the accident and that charges are pending.

Anne Arundel County

In Anne Arundel County, a car flipped over near the intersection of Routes 10 and 648 just north of Harundale, county police said. The driver, a 44-year-old Anne Arundel county man, was killed after being ejected from the car, police said.

Police said the man was heading north on Route 10 at 3:50 p.m. when he lost control of the car.

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