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Edgewood woman, 21, rescued after vehicle hits pole in Joppa

BY BRYNA ZUMER, bzumer@theaegis.com

4:05 PM EDT, October 23, 2012

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A 21-year-old Edgewood woman was taken to a regional trauma center with injuries following a single vehicle accident in Joppa Friday night.

The Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company initially called her injuries "serious" but the official accident report later said they were "minor."

Kathryn Brooke Sheeler, 21, of the 1900 block of Harewood Road, crashed into a utility pole on Route 7 and Joppa Farm Road at about 10 p.m. on Friday, according to the Maryland State Police accident report.

She was treated for minor injuries resulting from airbag deployment, according to the accident report.

Sheeler was initially reported to be trapped inside the vehicle, a Jeep wagon. Her car had severed the Verizon pole at the base, the fire company said.

BGE was called in and rescue crews used wood cribbing and shores to stabilize the vehicle to could safely extricate the patient, according to the fire company.

Engine 811 and 813 provided safety watch for the overhead power and cable lines, as well as protection with a hose line in case of a fire.

Firefighters extricated Sheeler within five minutes. She was transported by Joppa-Magnolia paramedic unit to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Trauma Center in Baltimore in serious, but stable condition.

Units from fire company's Joppa, Joppatowne and Edgewood stations were dispatched to the scene, according to the fire company's public information officer.

Route 7 was closed for several hours between Bulls Lane and Joppa Farm Road. Maryland State Police from the Bel Air Barrack are investigating the cause of the accident, according to the fire company.