Sheriff's deputy, 2 others hurt in 2-car crash along Route 27


Three people, including a Carroll County sheriff's deputy, were injured yesterday in a two-car collision on Route 27 south of Manchester, state police said.

According to preliminary reports, Lt. William Smith, 48, was traveling south in an unmarked sheriff's patrol cruiser when a northbound 1998 Plymouth Expresso tried to turn left at Albert Rill Road.

The accident occurred about noon.

"No skid marks were apparent," said Tfc. George Prager. "It appears the Plymouth turned into the path of the deputy's cruiser."

Smith and the driver of the Plymouth, Galen Kenneth Stuart Queen, 78, of Rockville were airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Smith was treated and released, said Lt. Terry Katz, commander at the state police barracks in Westminster, while Queen remained in serious and stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Queen's wife, Virginia Elizabeth Plunk Queen, 75, also of Rockville, was taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, where she was in stable condition, a Sinai spokeswoman said.

The investigation is continuing and a state police accident reconstructionist was summoned to assist, Prager said.

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