Mother, children hurt in Route 140 collision

July 15, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A mother and her two children were taken to trauma centers in Baltimore after a three-vehicle accident on Route 140 at Sandymount Road about 12:45 p.m. yesterday.

The driver of one of the vehicles, a Chevrolet pickup truck that broad-sided a Dodge Caravan, was taken to Carroll County General Hospital for treatment of a head cut.

His identity was not disclosed.

The driver of the Caravan was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center and admitted in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The driver was identified as Sheila Dawn Garst, 32, of the 2000 block of Dennings Road in New Windsor.

Mrs. Garst's two children, Danielle Nicole Garst, 6, and her 2-year-old sister, Samantha Noel Garst, were taken to the Johns Hopkins Hospital Children's Center. Spokesmen there said the girls' conditions were being evaluated but declined to elaborate.

Maryland State Police at the Westminster barracks said the Chevrolet pickup was eastbound on Route 140 when it struck a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck that was crossing from the north to the south side of Route 140 to enter the Amoco station at the Sandymount Road intersection.

After striking the rear of the S-10, operated by Michael Plumer of Eldersburg, the larger pickup hit the Caravan on the left side, crushing the vehicle and knocking Mrs. Garst into the floor on the passenger side.

Mr. Plumer was not injured.

The larger Chevrolet pickup then crashed into a large metal pole supporting the traffic lights at the intersection.

Both Garst children were on the rear seat of the Caravan, the 2-year-old in a child's safety seat and the 6-year-old restrained in a seat belt, according to state police.

The girls were placed in one of four medic units dispatched to the scene and driven to the Children's Center.

Joey McClain, a pre-med student at Western Maryland College, said he was at the service station when the accident occurred, ran to the van and saw the injured driver and children. He said he attempted to comfort them but did not move them.

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