Car pushed into path of train woman hurt Driver of second vehicle charged

April 23, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A 19-year-old Finksburg woman was in the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after the car she was driving was struck from behind and knocked into the path of a moving train in Hampstead yesterday.

She was taken from Carroll County General Hospital by helicopter to Shock Trauma, where she was in serious and stable condition.

State police said Tricia Ann Mendigorin had stopped her 1985 Oldsmobile Calais, southbound on Hanover Pike, for flashing railroad crossing lights near the Black & Decker Co. plant.

As she waited for the slow-moving CSX freight train, consisting of two locomotives and seven cars, to cross the highway, her car was hit from behind and knocked into the path of the train, police said.

The locomotive struck the car, hurling it around the vehicle that had hit it and about 100 feet north of the tracks.

Mrs. Mendigorin's car came to rest facing north, police said.

They said the 1987 Dodge Dakota pickup truck that hit it was operated by 34-year-old David F. Kreiner of Baltimore. He was charged with negligent driving by Tfc. Christopher Hannon.

Nicholas Mendigorin, 2, who was in a child safety seat in the reaof the car, was taken by his father to Carroll County General Hospital, where he was examined and released. The father was not in the car with his family.

Trooper Hannon said the red warning lights at the crossing had been activated and were working at the time of the 1 p.m. accident.

In another accident in Finksburg yesterday, a 1980 Chrysler Cordoba driven by Wayne Jackson Jones of Union Bridge was stopped for a traffic light at 1:34 p.m. on Route 140 at Route 91 when it was struck from behind.

It flipped over, landed on its roof and struck a third automobile, state police said.

Mr. Jones was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released, according to a spokeswoman.

Police said Mr. Jones' car was hit by a 1986 Chevrolet operated by Linda Geraldine Munck of Baltimore.

They said that she told them that she did not see the stopped vehicle until the last minute and then swerved to the right in an attempt to avoid it.

Melissa Lynn Munck, 12, daughter of the driver, was later taken ** to the Carroll hospital for minor injuries and released after treatment.

The name of the driver of the third car, who was not injured, was not available.

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