2 hurt in traffic accident with truck on Route 140

January 05, 1995|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Two people were injured after being trapped in their Ford station wagon when it was struck from behind by a BGE truck on Route 140 at Gorsuch Road yesterday, police said.

State police said Edward Drury, 46, of Catonsville, the driver of the heavy BGE line installation truck, was headed west on Route 140 approaching Gorsuch Road when he momentarily took his eyes off the highway. When he looked back, the automobile was stopped at a red traffic signal in front of him, and he was unable to stop, police said.

Investigators said the car was knocked across Gorsuch Road and spun around 180 degrees, coming to rest facing south, with the rear of the Taurus station wagon pushed up to the area behind the front seats.

Fire and rescue workers from Westminster and Manchester used power tools to cut off both front doors, the right rear door, roof and windshield to extricate both victims.

Rescue teams removed the victims from their car at 12:30 p.m., 40 minutes after the accident.

The car's driver, Robert P. Wolfe, 66, of Pikesville was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore in a state police MedEvac helicopter. He was listed in serious and stable condition, according to a spokesman.

The passenger in the Ford station wagon, Evelyn Wolfe, 64, also of Pikesville, was taken to Carroll County General Hospital for examination.

Members of the commercial truck enforcement unit of the state police were dispatched to the site to inspect the BGE truck before it could be moved and a street sweeper from the state highway administration cleared the road.

Two westbound lanes of the highway were closed for nearly 90 minutes.

Police said two traffic charges were pending.

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