12 are injured in collision of adult day care van, city truck

1 is in critical condition, 3 others in area hospitals

August 07, 2002|By Josh Mitchell | Josh Mitchell,SUN STAFF

A city dump truck collided with a van carrying clients of an adult day care center yesterday morning in southern Baltimore, injuring 12 people, police said.

One person was listed in critical condition and three others remained in area hospitals with injuries last night, according to an executive at Almost Family, an adult day care provider. The other victims were treated for minor injuries and released. Identities of the injured were unavailable.

Most of the victims who were hospitalized suffered lacerations and broken bones, said William B. Yarmuth, Adult Family's chief executive officer.

"We're trying to get as much information as we can," Yarmuth said from the company's corporate office in Louisville, Ky. "Our primary concern is making sure our members are all being cared for."

The driver of the truck was not believed to have been hurt.

The Baltimore Police Department is investigating the cause of the accident, which occurred about 8:20 a.m. The Almost Family van was traveling on Annapolis Road when it collided with a truck headed in the opposite direction. Police said the accident appears to have occurred as the van was turning left onto Monroe Street.

The van was likely headed to the company's Arbutus center after picking up clients from their homes, Yarmuth said. The company, which serves senior citizens and adults with disabilities, has 10 centers in the area.

Yesterday's was the second serious accident in recent years involving an Almost Family van. In December 2000, two people in wheelchairs were killed when the van in which they were riding caught fire.

The cause of that accident was never determined, Yarmuth said.

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