Westminster man, year-old son injured in collision with truck

Car apparently crossed into tractor-trailer's path


A Westminster man and his year-old son were injured yesterday morning when their car struck a tractor-trailer on Route 140 east of Taneytown, closing the road for about three hours, state police said.

The collision occurred about 9:30 a.m. near Mayberry Road, when a westbound 1988 Honda Accord driven by Robert Brightful, 27, of Union Street apparently crossed the center line into the path of the truck, according to Maryland State Police at the Westminster barracks.

Wayne Harnock, 52, of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, was traveling east in a 1999 Kenworth truck, pulling a box-type utility trailer.

Brightful was taken by helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. His son Kyle, who was riding in a car safety seat, was treated and released from the hospital's Pediatric Emergency Room.

The truck driver refused medical treatment, police said.

"The truck driver was able to get over, so it was not a head-on crash, but more of a striking, glancing blow to the front sides," said Lt. Terry L. Katz, the Westminster barracks commander.

The truck hit an east guardrail while the Honda went into the west rail. Brightful was trapped for about 45 minutes until emergency medical crews from Taneytown and Pleasant Valley volunteer fire departments freed him, police said.

The crash ripped the truck's 50-gallon tank, spilling an undetermined amount of diesel fuel that was contained by an emergency unit from the Maryland Department of the Environment.

During the rescue, cleanup and removal of the truck, traffic was detoured for three hours onto Mayberry Road, about half a mile from the accident scene, by workers for the State Highway Administration and Carroll County Fire Police.

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