5 injured on U.S. 29 after merging car hits vehicle being towed

June 26, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

Five people -- including a Howard County police officer -- were injured Monday night when a driver merging onto U.S. 29 in Columbia lost control of her car and barreled into a vehicle being towed from the road shoulder, county police said.

Treated at Howard County General Hospital and released early yesterday were Cpl. Robert Leidig, 36; Thomas Pugh, 54, and Joseph Pugh, 18, of Halethorpe; Kenneth Ragland, 52, of Hyattsville; and Marcus Alexander Floto, 35, of Ellicott City.

The driver of the merging vehicle, Madeline Paul Durholz, 60, of Lakeland, Fla., was not injured, police said.

Police said the accident is under investigation and that charges are pending.

About 10: 15 p.m. Monday, Leidig was with the four people on the right shoulder of U.S. 29, where a 1989 Jeep Cherokee involved in a recent accident was parked.

The officer was investigating the minor accident and overseeing the towing of the vehicle, police said.

Several minutes later, police said, Durholz drove her 1995 Ford Escort down the eastbound Route 175 ramp onto U.S. 29, loss control of the car, struck the Jeep and the 1995 International tow truck.

The officer, tow truck driver and occupants of the Jeep received minor injuries from the colliding cars and from flying debris, police and rescue officials said.

Pub Date: 6/26/96

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