Accident on Liberty Road leaves four people injured

March to be held at scene of 3 recent fatal crashes

September 26, 2002|By Linda Linley | Linda Linley,SUN STAFF

A seven-car accident injured four people yesterday in the same stretch of Liberty Road that has been the scene of three fatalities since July, prompting another call for more police officers to enforce the speed limit.

At the same time, members of the Liberty Road Safety Initiative and community organizations are gearing up for a memorial march and rally tomorrow to remember the three people killed recently on a stretch of the state highway west of the Baltimore Beltway.

Yesterday's accident occurred when one car ran into the back of another near Washington Avenue and caused a chain-reaction collision, Baltimore County police said. The four people who were injured were taken to Northwest Hospital Center, but their injuries were not life-threatening. No charges have been filed.

The accidents are a serious problem, but remedies are available, said Henry Weisenberg, director of the Liberty Road Business Association. Weisenberg believes that increased police enforcement on the highway is a realistic solution.

Cpl. Ron Brooks, a police spokesman, said the department has increased patrols.

Business association members are concerned about the accident rate on the road, Weisenberg said, adding that the busy four-lane highway and the Beltway interchange were not built to handle the volume of traffic they handle.

For Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Democrat whose district includes the Liberty Road corridor, the solution is to install additional stoplights, overhead warning signs and speed monitors, and to reduce the speed limit from 40 mph to 35 mph.

Burns, who is seeking re-election Nov. 5, said he wants to introduce legislation in January for speed monitors to be placed along the corridor.

On July 22, a Randallstown man riding a motor scooter was killed when he was hit by a BMW that police said was clocked at 70 mph.

On July 31, a Baltimore woman in a sport utility vehicle was killed in what police believe was a speed-related accident.

A Catonsville man traveling at a high rate of speed was killed in a three-vehicle accident Sept. 8, police said.

Tomorrow's march along Liberty Road will begin at Rolling Road and end at Milford Mill Academy High School, 3800 Washington Ave.

Marchers are asked to gather at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8301 Liberty Road, at 5 p.m. The march begins at 6 p.m. and will end with a rally at 7 p.m. at Liberty Road and Washington Avenue and a service at the high school.

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