Eight hospitalized in Perring Parkway accident

Police say SUV crossed median, all passengers ejected

May 31, 2010|By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore City firefighters responded Sunday to a single-vehicle accident on Perring Parkway in which several passengers, including teenagers and children, were ejected from a sport utility vehicle and had life-threatening injuries.

Eight medic units from Baltimore County and the city went to Perring Parkway and Woodboune Avenue about 6 p.m. and began treating eight patients who were scattered around the scene, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, spokesman for the Baltimore City Fire Department.

Most of the passengers appeared to be teenagers, Cartwright said; the youngest passenger appeared to be about 4 or 5 years old. Many of the victims sustained varying degrees of fractures, cuts and bruises, Cartwright said. Everyone was alive, he said, but some had life-threatening injuries.

The passengers were transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Pediatrics, Maryland Shock Trauma Center and Sinai Hospital.

Cartwright said it appears the SUV was southbound on Perring Parkway when it crossed the median strip and went airborne, ejecting the passengers before it stopped.

Whether speed was a factor in the crash has not been determined, Cartwright said. The accident will be investigated by the Baltimore City police.

egreen@baltsun.com

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