3 killed, 4 injured in car, van crash Vehicle crosses into oncoming lane in northern Balto. Co.

December 08, 1997|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Three people were killed and four others injured Sunday evening when two vehicles crashed head-on near Arcadia in northern Baltimore County about four miles south of the Carroll County line, authorities said.

At least one of the victims was trapped in a vehicle and had to be freed by rescuers.

Pronounced dead at the scene were the driver of the car, William G. Sheffield, 56, of the 2000 block of Sherryl Ave. and his wife, Evelyn Katherine, 57, both of Eldersburg.

Flown by state police MedEvac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she died a short time later, was a second passenger in the car, Regina Herrman Murray, 62, also of the 2000 block of Sherryl Ave., and the sister of one of the victims.

According to Baltimore County police and fire officials, a Mercury Marquis driven by Sheffield was traveling south on Hanover Pike about 4: 50 p.m., and a Ford van containing four members of an Upperco family was traveling north on the pike when the Mercury crossed into the opposite lane near Fringer Road and crashed head-on into the van.

Charles Haugh, nursing supervisor at Carroll County General Hospital in Westminster, said three members of the Upperco family -- a woman and her two sons -- were treated for minor injuries and released. Haugh said the father was transferred to the Raymond Curtis Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore for treatment of serious hand injuries. Their names were not immediately available.

Fire and rescue units from Baltimore County stations at Arcadia and Reisterstown and Carroll County stations at Manchester and Hampstead responded to the scene.

State police at the Westminster barracks detoured northbound and southbound vehicles from the scene, which was reported to be open to traffic shortly after 9 p.m.

Pub Date: 12/08/97

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