State trooper, 2 others injured in chase crash

August 06, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Three people were injured on Route 140 on the edge of Westminster when the patrol cruiser of a state trooper responding to a chase of a motorcyclist was struck by a Ford Escort, authorities reported.

The accident occurred about 4:15 p.m. as Tfc. Charles B. Leonard, lights on and siren blaring, tried to turn from northbound Route 140 onto Malcolm Drive.

Police said Leonard stopped before entering the intersection, and as he turned left onto Malcolm, the southbound Escort hit his cruiser, causing it to hit two trucks - a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe and a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado - that had stopped on Malcolm Drive.

The two occupants of the Escort, whose identities were not immediately available, were taken by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, and were in stable condition last night, police said. Leonard was treated and released from Carroll County General Hospital. Neither truck driver was hurt.

Police said witnesses reported that the driver of the Escort failed to yield the right of way to the cruiser.

The crash remained under investigation last night, and names of the drivers and the injured passenger were not available.

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