Route 31 crash traps woman, 52, in car

January 27, 1995|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

A 52-year-old Westminster woman was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore yesterday after she was trapped in a car for 20 minutes in a two-vehicle accident.

Jean Marie Tiell, 400 Oak Avenue, was transported to the trauma center with head injuries by a state police MedEvac helicopter after the 10:45 a.m. crash on Route 31. Hospital officials had not returned calls yesterday about her condition.

Her 13-year-old daughter, Jeralyn, was taken to Carroll County General Hospital and released after treatment for minor injuries, a hospital spokeswoman said.

State police said Mrs. Tiell, who was test driving a used Dodge Aries, was traveling west on Route 31 and signaled to make a left turn onto Medford Road. Tfc. Matthew Jones said a van driven by David Eyler, 34, of Taneytown was westbound on Route 31 and started to pass the Dodge to avoid hitting it.

The trooper said Mrs. Tiell turned left, and the van crashed into the left side of the car, pushing the Dodge more than 300 feet. The Dodge crossed the center line and came to rest on the opposite shoulder.

The van careened down an embankment, into a field and stopped more than 200 feet from the point of impact, police said. Mr. Eyler, who was not injured, received a traffic citation.

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