Eastern Shore teen killed in crash Four others injured in Talbot accident

November 29, 1997|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

A carload of teen-agers crashed into a utility pole on U.S. 50 near Trappe on the Eastern Shore yesterday morning, killing a 14-year-old boy and injuring four others.

It was the only traffic fatality reported on Maryland highways yesterday, according to state police. But two unrelated accidents injured two people, police said.

Thursday night, a 24-year-old Towson man was found dead in his burning car by a Cecil County rest stop. His death is being investigated.

Yesterday's fatal car accident in Talbot County occurred about 1: 30 a.m. in the westbound lanes of U.S. 50, near Buck Bryan Road, police said. The 16-year-old driver of the vehicle lost control of the car and drove off the road into a pole.

Police said alcohol was involved but would not provide further details.

The names of the five teens, ranging in age from 14 to 16, were not released. They are from the Easton area, police said.

The 14-year-old boy was sitting in the middle of the back seat and was not wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred, they said. He died at Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge.

Three teens were in serious but stable condition at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, police said. The fifth was treated at Memorial Hospital in Easton for minor injuries.

U.S. 50 was closed for several hours because the car knocked power lines into westbound lanes.

In the Thursday incident, Towson resident Bruce F. Lee was found dead in a car that was engulfed in flames on Interstate 95 in Cecil County.

Lee, of the 1300 block of Glenmont Road, was found dead in the driver's seat about 9: 15 p.m. The car was near the Chesapeake House restaurant and service stop, state police said.

Lee's body was taken to the state medical examiner's office. The state fire marshal's office was investigating.

"Bruce was a very quiet person, a very hard-working man," said Lorraine Williams, who lives across the street from Lee's family. "His aunt told me he was going to visit a sister in Timonium for Thanksgiving and then head to New York. He had a new job lined up there."

Attempts to reach Lee's family yesterday were unsuccessful.

In second accident yesterday, a Baltimore man sustained minor injuries during rush hour, Maryland Transportation Authority officials said.

Leroy McKenzie, 31, was driving a tractor-trailer southbound at the Fort McHenry toll plaza when it overturned about 8: 30 a.m., said Kerry Brandt, spokeswoman for the MdTA.

"Investigators are looking into possible problems with the brakes," Brandt said.

McKenzie was taken by ambulance to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Brandt said. He was treated and released.

In a third accident yesterday, a man suffered head and back injuries when the car he was in collided with a Freightliner tractor-trailer in the northbound lanes of I-95, by the Hanover Street exit, Brandt said.

Lamechic Mark Johnson, 24, of Glen Burnie was taken to Harbor Hospital Center, where he was treated and released.

The car Johnson was riding in was traveling in the highway's left lane about 1: 40 p.m. when the driver of the vehicle -- Quiana Michelle Morgan, 21, of Baltimore -- tried to turn the car into the middle lane and collided with the tractor-trailer, Brandt said.

The tractor-trailer driver was attempting to turn into the middle lane from the right lane when the accident occurred, she said.

Neither Morgan nor the driver of the tractor-trailer -- Mike Kurt Saul, 31, of Havre de Grace -- was injured. It was not known whether anyone involved in that accident was wearing a seat belt.

Pub Date: 11/29/97

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