Man, 2 women injured in Westminster rush-hour car accident

December 22, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

A man and two women were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday after a three-car, rush-hour accident at Routes 140 and 31 in Westminster.

City police identified the injured as Anna Nadine Stambaugh, 52, of South Springdale Road in New Windsor, who was in serious but stable condition at Shock Trauma last night; Mona Jean Mellen, 53, of Lacosta Circle in Westminster, in stable condition; and Joseph Edward Morley, 66, of Clearview Road in Union Bridge, who was in fair condition.

The crash, just before 5 p.m., blocked traffic for about an hour while the three cars were splayed across both lanes of the highway. Westminster Fire Department engines blocked Route 31 from Route 140 to West Main Street so the state police MedEvac helicopters could land.

The victims were alone in their respective cars, rescue workers said. The three suffered head and chest injuries from hitting windshields and steering wheels, said Capt. Charles Simpson of the Westminster Fire Department.

Rescuers reported that one of the women suffered head and chest injuries and a possible fractured thigh.

After the accident, the cars, a gray Ford LTD driven by Mr. Morley, a silver Chrysler Fifth Avenue driven by Ms. Stambaugh and a beige Pontiac driven by Ms. Mellen, were all facing northwest on Route 140 at the intersection.

City police Lt. Randy Barnes said investigators believe Ms. Mellen was driving west on Route 140 and had slowed or stopped to make a left turn onto Route 31 when she was struck from behind by Mr. Morley's car.

The impact caused Ms. Mellen's Pontiac to collide head-on with Ms. Stambaugh's car, which was headed east, Lieutenant Barnes said.

A nurse who was driving home saw the aftermath of the accident and stopped to help. She said the driver of the Pontiac told her she remembered a car approaching her head-on. The Pontiac appeared to have been hit twice, in front and back.

Ambulance crews were called from the New Windsor, Pleasant Valley and Reese fire stations.

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