Accident injures five Alert truck driver avoids joining crash

U.S. 40

June 01, 1996|By Robert A. Erlandson | Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF

A high-speed car crash on Pulaski Highway near Aberdeen tied up commuter traffic for more than an hour yesterday morning as three state police helicopters ferried five seriously injured men, including two brothers, to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police said the alertness of a truck driver hauling nearly 20 tons of asphalt averted fatalities. He turned off the road to avoid hitting the two automobiles that had crashed, police said.

The collision occurred about 7: 30 a.m. on Pulaski Highway (U.S. 40), a short distance west of Robinhood Road. A westbound 1989 Chevrolet Camaro veered across the median strip, and, sliding on soggy earth, slammed backward into an oncoming 1990 Ford Tempo, according to the investigator, state police Cpl. John Bowman of the Bel Air barracks.

Bowman said the Camaro was going much faster than the 55 mph speed limit. None of the four occupants in the Camaro was wearing a seat belt, and three were ejected by the impact.

The Tempo's driver, Reynaldo O. Viray, 45, of Aberdeen, who was wearing a seat belt, was seriously injured. Rescuers had to cut through the wreckage of the car to free him.

Bowman identified the driver of the Camaro as Ronald L. Stanyard, 36, of Havre de Grace. The passengers were Randy Walls, 25, of Darlington, and Christopher L. Morrison, 25, and Bennett G. Stanyard, 33, both of Havre de Grace.

The five men have head, facial and chest injuries. Bennett Stanyard, who was not ejected from the Camaro, was listed in critical, stable condition; Ronald Stanyard and Morrison were listed in serious condition, and Walls in was listed in fair condition, a hospital official said. Viray, the Tempo driver, was listed in serious condition. The truck carrying the asphalt was behind the Tempo, Bowman said. When the driver, Michael C. Collins, 26, of the 1000 block of Arncliffe Road, Middle River, saw the crash, "he kicked it hard right and ran up an embankment" to avoid a pileup, the trooper said. "If he hadn't done that, there would have been fatalities. He deserves a lot of credit."

Pub Date: 6/01/96

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