Two injured as car, emergency vehicle collide

March 07, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

Two people were slightly injured Tuesday when a Howard County emergency vehicle on a call in Ellicott City collided with a car that crossed the center line into its path, police said.

Howard County firefighter John Michael Sheehan, 40, was treated at Howard County General Hospital and released, county rescue officials said.

The other driver, Kirsten Unhjem Owens, 23, of Randallstown, received shoulder injuries and was treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman and rescue officials said. She was released yesterday.

At 5: 06 p.m., Mr. Sheehan, an eight-year fire department veteran, was driving a county-owned Ford Explorer -- its emergency lights flashing -- west on Frederick Road, just west of Rogers Avenue, to a medical call at Chatham Gardens Apartments. Ms. Owens' eastbound Subaru passed a stopped vehicle, police said, crossed the center line and hit the emergency vehicle head-on.

Both vehicles struck parked cars, police said.

Traffic charges -- including failure to yield the right of way -- are pending, police said.

Police log

Elkridge: 5600 block of Furnace Ave: Someone tried to steal a white 1979 International flatbed truck Monday, police said.

Ellicott City: 10200 block of U.S. 40: A white 1986 Ford F250 was stolen Monday, police said.

Ellicott City: 5100 block of Bonnie Acres Drive: Someone entered a vacant house through a sliding glass door Tuesday, but police said nothing was taken.

Ellicott City: 4800 block of Circling Hunter: Burglars stole two televisions, a VCR and two stereo systems from a home Tuesday. Police said there was no sign of forced entry. The victim had recently lost house keys, police said.

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