Middle River collision

A dozen hurt in 4-vehicle crash

March 01, 2006|By NICK SHIELDS | NICK SHIELDS,SUN REPORTER

Four people were seriously injured yesterday in a collision between a van from an adult day care center and a car that had crossed a median strip into oncoming traffic on Eastern Boulevard in Middle River, Baltimore County police said.

About a dozen people were taken to hospitals after the accident, which also involved two other vehicles and closed the eastbound lanes near Martin State Airport, authorities said.

Two occupants of the van, from Friendship Adult Medical Day Center, were among those whose injuries were described as serious.

The accident was triggered shortly before 4 p.m. when a Volvo being driven west on Eastern Boulevard crossed into the eastbound lanes, county police said. The Volvo sideswiped a Chevrolet pickup truck, which then crossed through the westbound lanes before coming to a stop off the road. The Volvo and the Chevrolet passenger van from the adult day care center crashed head-on, police said.

An eastbound Hyundai automobile then crashed into the rear of the van, according to police.

An adult and a child in the Volvo were flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital with serious injuries, and two passengers in the van, also seriously hurt, were taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, police said.

Police said five others in the van, two from the pickup truck and the driver of the Hyundai were also injured. But it was unclear last night how many people were injured, as Hopkins Bayview reported receiving four people from the accident, Johns Hopkins Hospital four others and Franklin Square Hospital Center five.

No further information on any of the injuries was immediately available from authorities.

Linda Edwards was at the accident scene last night retrieving from the Hyundai items belonging to her niece, whom she identified as Myeshia Myers, 28.

"They said she was going to be OK," Edwards said. "We're headed to the hospital now."

Eight medical units responded to the crash, a county Fire Department spokeswoman said.

The top of the Volvo was cut off to allow emergency workers to free its occupants, and a section of the back portion of the van was cut for rescuers to take out its passengers.

The adult day care center is in a strip mall on Kenwood Avenue in the Rosedale area of Baltimore County. A woman at the center declined to comment last night

The Baltimore County Health Department plans to send a counselor to the day care center today, said Ellen Kobler, a county spokeswoman.

nicholas.shields@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Laura Barnhardt contributed to this article.

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