Pedestrian hit by salt truck on Bel Air street darkened by power outage

A Bel Air woman walking along a darkened road in the 2400 block of Creswell Road (Route 543) was struck by a State Highway Administration salt truck Wednesday night, according to Harford County fire officials.

Maiya Sweeney, 18, stepped into the "travel portion" of Creswell from the shoulder on the west side of the road at about 8:03 p.m.

She was hit by a 2002 Sterling dump truck being driven south on Creswell by Mark Sanders, 51, of Street, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the Maryland State Police.

The streetlamps were dark on that street, Tfc. Robert Hagan confirmed.

The Creswell Road area had one of the highest numbers of outages Wednesday night after the ice storm earlier that day, according to BGE. Only a handful of homes there still lacked power by Thursday afternoon.

State troopers from the Bel Air Barrack responded at 8:03 p.m., according to the news release. The accident scene is near the Arrow Center for Education and The Highlands School, about six and a half miles southeast of Bel Air.

Sweeney was flown via a State Police Medevac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was listed in critical condition Thursday afternoon.

stated his initial findings showed Sweeney was "illegally in the roadway and not wearing reflective clothing," according to the news release.

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