Man injured in Route 140 crash

Westminster police seek witnesses

April 20, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Westminster police are seeking witnesses to an accident that injured one driver and closed westbound Route 140 for about 45 minutes yesterday morning.

The 10:22 a.m. collision on Route 140 at Center Street involved a truck and a car, but might have been caused by a third vehicle, said Capt. Randy Barnes, a city police spokesman. The third vehicle apparently made an unsafe lane change but was not hit and did not stop, Barnes said.

Witnesses told police that a silver Lexus with a North Carolina license plate moved from the middle to the fast lane in front of a westbound 1994 International box truck owned by the Church of the Brethren in New Windsor, Barnes said. The truck was driven by Kenneth Bragg, 53, of the 3400 block of Sams Creek Road.

The truck moved left to avoid hitting the Lexus, Barnes said, and struck the rear of a 2004 Acura two-door sedan that was stopped in the left-turn lane awaiting the traffic signal at Center Street.

The driver of the sedan, Philip J. Sweitzer, 51, of the 5200 block of Tilbury Way in North Baltimore, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was treated and released.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call Westminster police at 410- 848-4646 and ask for Officer Zina Means.

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