Route 140 crash kills woman Accident linked to wet weather

March 05, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A fiery crash on Route 140 near Route 31 caused the death of a 24-year-old Westminster woman yesterday.

The accident was the most serious of weather-related crashes yesterday, as emergency and utility crews in Carroll dealt with fallen trees and power lines, flooded roads and basements.

At about 8:45 a.m., Westminster police reported, Mary Lynn Ingson was driving west on Route 140 near Route 31. Her car apparently hydroplaned and spun into a car being driven east by Brenda K. Boese.

Ms. Ingson's 1991 Chevrolet Lumina spun off the road, down a 20-foot embankment and about 100 feet into a field as it erupted in flames, police said. The driver was thrown from and trapped under the car.

Fire units from Westminster extinguished the blaze, and the Pleasant Valley fire company used a winch on its rescue engine to lift the car off the driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told Westminster police the car fishtailed and spun before its rear crashed into the front of Ms. Boese's 1988 Nissan Sentra.

Rescue workers were able to free Ms. Boese and take her to

Carroll County General Hospital, where she was admitted with head and leg injuries. Her condition was listed as serious and stable.

Ms. Ingson lived in the 200 block of Glenbrook Drive in the Greens, city police said. Ms. Boese, 38, lives in the 100 block of Grand Drive, Taneytown. Neither driver was wearing a seat belt, police said.

Police rerouted traffic on busy Route 140 around the crash scene. Eastbound traffic was diverted to Main Street, backing up along that road.

Fire and rescue personnel, police, county roads workers and utility crews scrambled to handle about 50 weather-related incidents from noon to 6 p.m. yesterday.

Mumma Ford Road and Keysville Road north of Detour were closed by the swollen Monocacy River. Portions of Sam's Creek and McKinstrys Mill roads in western Carroll and Hoods Mill Road in southern Carroll also were closed by overflowing streams, as was part of Lawndale Road near Finksburg. Parts of five other roads around the county were closed by fallen trees.

Three buildings in Westminster were damaged by high winds during the storm. No one was injured in those incidents.

The driver of a 2-ton delivery truck attempted to drive around a Baltimore County highway truck blocking Hollingsworth Road, which was closed by high water near the Baltimore-Carroll line, and became stuck on the shoulder.

Carroll County weather observers said at least 1.5 inches of rain had fallen by late afternoon.

Bobby Miller, a weather observer from Millers, said 1.64 inches had fallen at his weather station as of 4:14 p.m. He had recorded a wind gust of 55 mph.

Westminster weather observer Larry Myers recorded a wind gust of 66 mph and had measured 1.5 inches of rain as of 5:15 p.m.

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