2 Balto. Co. officers hurt in head-on crash

January 10, 1996|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

Two Baltimore County police officers were flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday after their patrol vehicle collided head-on with a pickup truck in a remote area near the Pennsylvania border.

The accident occurred at 9:02 a.m. while Officer Norman W. Anderson Jr., 38, was patrolling near Maryland Line in the department's Jeep Cherokee. As he drove west on Old York Road in the only lane plowed for traffic, his Jeep and a 1993 Ford pickup collided when both vehicles arrived at the crest of the hill simultaneously, police said.

Snow piled up on both sides of the lane prevented the drivers from seeing one another, said spokesman Sgt. Kevin B. Novak.

Officer Donald K. Ossmus, 40, a passenger in the Jeep, suffered head and shoulder injuries. The former Baltimore homicide detective, who joined the county force in 1994, was expected to be released from the hospital last night. Officer Anderson was treated and released.

The driver of the pickup, Dennis Zimmerman, 22, of Freeland, was shaken up but not injured, police said. An investigation of the accident was continuing.

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