Man hospitalized after 5-vehicle crash

April 05, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

A 34-year-old Westminster man was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after his car was struck from behind in a five-vehicle collision on Route 140 at Suffolk Road about 2 p.m. yesterday.

Sam Miller, of the 400 block of Stacy Lee Drive in the Greens of Westminster, was knocked unconscious for several minutes and complained of back, neck and lower abdominal pains to the crew of the Reese Fire Company ambulance. A spokeswoman at the hospital listed his condition as serious and stable.

Mr. Miller, his wife, Lisa, daughter Jessica, 9, and their friend and baby-sitter, Jeannine Fontain, 14, were returning from a holiday weekend in Ocean City and were within eight miles of home when the accident occurred.

State police said Mr. Miller was the only one injured in the crash, which included a Ford van carrying four students returning to Gettysburg College from Baltimore-Washington International Airport after the Easter holiday.

The accident closed one lane to westbound traffic for about 40 minutes while emergency equipment blocked the lane next to the accident and tow trucks took two of the vehicles away.

Police said the chain reaction accident occurred in the westbound lane of traffic about 150 feet east of the intersection as the leading vehicles slowed for the traffic signal.

None of the other three drivers required hospital treatment.

A Buick driven by R. M. Schmidt, the owner of a Westminster air conditioning company, sustained extensive damage.

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