Numerous accidents caused by snowfall Air bag spares driver in one crash

February 17, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

The snowfall that closed Carroll schools yesterday also caused numerous traffic accidents throughout the county.

State Police said they responded to 18 accidents between 6:24 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Only five required police reports.

In the most serious Carroll accident, three people were injured at 7:40 a.m. in a head-on crash on a slight curve in the 2000 block of Emory Road (Route 91).

Ronald Bryan Malecki, 31, of Hampstead, a Mass Transit Administration police officer, was southbound on Route 91 when he lost control of his automobile and it crossed the center line of the two-lane road and crashed into the front of a northbound Dodge Daytona containing two people, state police said.

The driver of the Dodge, Barbara Jean Martin, 39, of Westminster, was spared serious injuries when the air bag activated. But her passenger, David Wayne Clenny, 26, of Westminster, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown into the windshield, said the investigating trooper, David Johnson.

Medic units from the Reese and Gamber fire companies took the injured to Carroll County General Hospital. Barbara Martin and Ronald Malecki were treated and released. David Clenny was held for observation in good condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

In other county accidents during the morning snowstorm, a car overturned in the 3300 block of Sykesville Road about 9 a.m., and a truck rolled on Route 27 about 9:35 a.m. Neither crash resulted in serious injuries.

Two people were injured, one critically, in a two-car crash at 8:20 a.m. on Route 140 in Baltimore County, about a half-mile from the Carroll County line.

A northbound 1989 Ford Taurus driven by Penny Susan Post, 40, of Stirrup Court in Cockeysville, crossed the center line and collided with a 1986 Chevrolet Nova, said Officer Roy Jarrell of the Baltimore County Police Department's western traffic division.

The driver of the Nova, Walter Ellwood Miller, 33, of the 2500 block of Lawndale Road, Finksburg, was trapped inside his vehicle for about 15 minutes.

He was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he was listed in serious and stable condition with head, chest and leg injuries.

Ms. Post was taken to Baltimore County General Hospital, where she was treated for injuries to the ribs and released, according to a spokesman.

Eastbound commuter traffic on Route 140 was forced to detour at Route 91. The snow emergency plan for Carroll County was placed in effect at 4 a.m. and lifted at noon.

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