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Services Saturday for Harford school employee killed in Fallston crash

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A funeral Mass will be offered in Fallston Saturday afternoon for Don Ermine Jones Jr., a Harford County Public Schools employee who was one of two people killed in a three-vehicle accident on Route 152 Tuesday morning.

The service for Mr. Jones, 59, a Bel Air resident who worked in the facilities department of the school system, will be at St. Mark Catholic Church in Fallston at 1 p.m. Visitation will be Friday at McComas Funeral Home in Bel Air from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Jones was a member of Mountain Christian Church in Joppa and enjoyed camping at Little Orleans in Western Maryland, turkey hunting and helping other people, according to information provided by the funeral home. He is survived by his wife, Mary Clare Taylor Jones, a son, two daughters, a sister and eight grandchildren.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the accident. Investigators initially said the Harford County Public Schools work vehicle driven by Mr. Jones crossed the center line of Route 152 near the intersection of Reckord Road and collided head on with a 2012 GMC Terrain SUV. A 1994 Jeep Wrangler traveling south on Route 152 behind the GMC then struck that vehicle.

The driver of the GMC, Ronald W. Buchholz Jr., 46, of Essex, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff's office. Mr. Jones was taken by ambulance to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, where he was pronounced dead.

A passenger in the school truck, David M. Walter, of Bel Air, was taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Michael A. Euler Sr., of Fallston, the driver of the Jeep, was flown to shock trauma by a Maryland State Police Medevac.

The accident occurred around 10 a.m. Tuesday and forced the closure of Route 152 until 3:30 p.m., as emergency crews and investigators worked at the scene, according to the sheriff's office. Traffic was detoured at Singer Road and Route 1.

Walter was released from shock trauma before 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to a sheriff's office news release.

Euler remained hospitalized at shock trauma Thursday morning with severe but non-life threatening injuries, according to a family friend.

Route 152 danger

Mr. Buchholz's cousin, Wes Souders, e-mailed The Aegis Wednesday morning to express his concerns about the stretch of Route 152 where the accident occurred, which he called "dangerous."

Souders continued, asking why accidents continue to happen on Route 152 and questioned what people could do to prevent such accidents.

"I know hindsight is 20/20, but if nothing is done then my cousin's tragic death won't be the last," he wrote.

Their family is in shock, Souders wrote, adding that "Ronnie" was loved by many people and will be "greatly missed."

Veteran school employees

Harford County Public Schools Manager of Communications Teri Kranefeld said Wednesday that Mr. Jones and Walter are electricians in the school facilities department, Walter for about 10 1/2 years and Mr. Jones for 31 years.

"Harford County Public Schools is devastated about the tragic accident that occurred yesterday," Kranefeld continued. "We are reaching out to our employees and providing support and counseling for anyone who wishes to talk to someone about this tragedy."

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to those involved in the accident and their families," she added.

Multiple injuries

Euler suffered broken ribs, a shoulder injury and facial lacerations and his doctors have some concerns about internal bleeding, Joseph Snee, Euler's lawyer and longtime friend said Wednesday morning.

"He looks like he's been in a battle; he's lucky to be alive," said Snee, who spent time at the hospital with Euler and his wife, Jackie, during the day and evening Tuesday. The Eulers have a teenage daughter, and Michael Euler has two grown sons from a previous marriage.

Euler, a residential and commercial developer, is well known in local business and political circles and in his home community of Fallston.

"He [Euler] was alert, animated and lucid," Snee said Wednesday. "We're keeping our fingers crossed."

Snee said Thursday afternoon Euler was released from shock trauma earlier that day.

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