A 67-year-old woman was killed and two other motorists were injured yesterday in a five-vehicle accident on Dorsey Road in Hanover that began when a car swerved to avoid an aluminum ladder in the road, county police said.
Jessie J. Seibert of the 7100 block of Forest Ave. in Hanover, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 11:15 a.m. accident, police said.
Ms. Seibert was driving west on Dorsey Road near Ridge Road in a 1986 Oldsmobile Calais when she hit the brakes to avoid hitting the ladder, which had fallen off another vehicle, police said.
Her car skidded and struck the left side of a westbound tractor-trailer driven by William M. Duke, 37, of Savannah, Ga., police said.
Ms. Seibert's car spun out of control, went into the east lane and collided nearly head-on with a 1991 Chevrolet pickup driven by Wayne Thomas DeRosa, 38, of Elkridge.
Ms. Seibert was thrown from her car through the passenger-side door, which opened during the collision, police said.
She was then struck in the roadway by a 1986 Grand Marquis driven by Mary D. Ofiesh, 65, of Bowie, who was unable to avoid hitting the injured woman, police
Ms. Seibert's car, still spinning out of control, crossed back into the west lane and struck the left side of a Ford pickup truck driven by Shannon Rene Brice, 17, of Pasadena, police said.
Mr. DeRosa suffered multiple injuries and was listed in stable condition last night at North Arundel Hospital.
Ms. Brice had minor injuries and was taken to the same hospital for evaluation, police said.
Traffic investigators said no charges had been filed as of last night.
Information was not available on how the ladder fell into the roadway or whether police had identified the driver of the vehicle from which it fell.