Westminster man injured in wreck at intersection

March 31, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A 20-year-old Westminster man was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore yesterday after his car collided with a second vehicle at Route 140 and Sandymount Road about 11:50 a.m.

Tfc. Andrew Winner said a Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Kirk A. Engel of Brandy Lane was on Sandymount Road attempting to cross Route 140 when it collided with a Ford Mustang driven by Samuel J. Spriggs Jr., 21, of Arbutus Avenue in Baltimore.

Trooper Winner said a witness, who was stopped at the red light in the right lane of Route 140 at the intersection, reported seeing Mr. Spriggs' car coming from behind in the same lane.

The witness said the Mustang swerved into the left lane, went around the stopped vehicle and was running the red light when the Cavalier collided with it.

The air bag in Mr. Spriggs' Ford Mustang inflated, and he was not injured.

His car, which was struck on the right side, careened about 150 feet sideways into the center median strip of Route 140.

Mr. Spriggs walked to a state police vehicle, where he was charged with failure to obey an automatic signal.

Traffic at the intersection was blocked for about 15 minutes while a state police helicopter landed on the highway to pick up Mr. Engel.

A Shock Trauma spokeswoman said Mr. Engel was in serious and stable condition yesterday.

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