Car traps woman, 25, against snowbank Victim seriously injured in four-vehicle accident

January 19, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

An Ellicott City woman was seriously injured yesterday in a traffic accident as she was thrown from her car, struck by a vehicle and pinned against a snowbank, Howard County police said.

Tracy Lynn Reed, 25, of the 8300 block of Montgomery Run Road was in fair condition last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Ms. Reed was treated for internal injuries and an open ankle fracture, rescue officials said.

The Ellicott City wreck -- which backed up traffic on Route 108 for about two hours -- was one of 29 traffic accidents reported on Howard County roads from midnight Wednesday through 3:10 p.m. yesterday.

Heavy fog slowed morning traffic throughout the area.

Officials blamed the foggy conditions for many of the minor accidents, saying some drivers did not reduce speed or turn on their headlights.

Police said the weather did not play a part in Ms. Reed's accident, although rescue officials said better visibility might have prevented other drivers from colliding with her.

About 7:30 a.m., Ms. Reed had problems with her 1982 Buick Skylark at Montgomery Run Road and Route 108. She got out of her car to check it, then got back in.

The car rolled forward with the driver's door open and struck a 1987 Mercury Sable in the right turn lane at the intersection.

The driver of that car, Maurice Michaux, 31, of Ellicott City, was not injured.

Ms. Reed's car continued to roll and struck the side of a 1977 Ford truck headed north on Route 108.

Ms. Reed was thrown out of her car into the southbound lane of Route 108, where a 1992 Buick Century hit her and pushed her into a snowbank along Route 108, police said.

She was pinned beneath the front end of the car for several minutes, until rescue workers used air bags to lift the car and free her, said Lt. Chris Cangemi, a spokesman for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue.

The other drivers involved in the accident -- Charles Taylor Jr., 48, of Jessup, who drove the truck, and Waalee Rashid, 55, of Millersville, who drove the Buick Century -- were not injured, police said.

No charges have been filed, police said.

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