Truck driver is injured in accident

October 21, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

The 38-year-old driver of a delivery truck was injured seriously when his vehicle struck a stopped dump truck near the airport yesterday afternoon.

Paul M. Gardner of Mechanicsburg, Pa., was flown to Sinai Trauma Center in Baltimore in the state police MedEvac helicopter with injuries to his right leg and possible internal injuries.

He was trapped in his truck for about 25 minutes after the accident, which occurred on Route 97 at Old Meadow Branch Road about 2:30 p.m.

Firefighters from Westminster and the rescue squad from Manchester extricated the driver after giving him first aid. The front of the delivery truck was pushed back into the cab, pinning the driver, police said.

State Tfc. Leonard Mays said the driver of the county dump truck was heading north on Route 97 and stopped for southbound traffic to make a left turn into Old Meadow Branch Road. His truck was struck in the rear and knocked across the southbound lane of the highway, coming to rest on the lawn of a house on the northwest corner of the intersection.

The driver of the dump truck, John Golden, suffered a cut on the nose and possibly other injuries. He was taken to Carroll County General Hospital.

Fire officials said about 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled on the highway from the fuel tank of the delivery truck, and state workers spread an absorbent on the road.

Traffic was blocked on the busy highway until after the victim was transferred from a medic unit to the helicopter at 3:30 p.m. Southbound school buses loaded with children were directed to turn around on the road and detour around the accident scene.

A state police investigator was dispatched to inspect the brakes of the delivery truck before it was towed away.

Charges against the delivery truck driver are pending until investigators can talk to him, police said.

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