Student escapes injury when car strikes tree Girl was trapped in vehicle 1 1/2 hours

April 27, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A 16-year-old Westminster High School student escaped serious injuries yesterday when she was pinned in her car for more than 1 1/2 hours after the vehicle struck a tree on Rinehart Road.

The student, identified by police as Carla Shipley of the 4000 block of Rinehart Road, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore by state police MedEvac helicopter. A spokeswoman there said the girl was listed in fair and stable condition.

Trooper Christopher Hannon said the girl was driving south on Rinehart Road about 7:20 a.m., on her way to school, when her car ran off the right side of the road on a curve, came back on the paved surface and crossed into the northbound lane.

As she attempted to gain control of the vehicle, she turned to the right and the car skidded sideways off the right shoulder, ran down an embankment and crashed into a tree.

Rescue workers from the Pleasant Valley and Manchester fire companies removed the roof and passenger door of the girl's 1986 Honda Civic CRX to free her. She remained conscious throughout the ordeal.

She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, police said.

Trooper Hannon said speed contributed to the crash.

Tammy Lynn Maphis, who was injured in a weekend accident, was released from the Shock Trauma Center on Sunday, hospital officials said yesterday.

Ms. Maphis, 26, of the 2600 block of Bird View Road, was hurt when her vehicle ran off Hook Road and crashed into two trees about 6:10 a.m. Saturday, police said.

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