Three people hospitalized after Joppa accident Wednesday

Three people were taken to regional trauma centers, and a section of Route 7 (Philadelphia Road) was closed after a single-vehicle accident early Wednesday morning, the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company reported Wednesday.

Members of the fire company responded to the scene, which was along Route 7 between Joppa Farm Road and Bulls Lane, after they were alerted at 12:02 a.m., according to a fire company news release sent out shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday.

First responders found two adults – one male, one female – near the vehicle, which "had significant damage to all sides," according to the news release.

One of the two injured people told fire company personnel a third person had been with them but he could not be found.

Using a thermal imaging camera, the firefighters found the man in the nearby woods about 200 feet west of the vehicle, according to the news release.

One of the male victims and a female victim were taken by Joppa-Magnolia ambulances to the company's helipad, and they were flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

The man, who was in critical condition, was taken by a Maryland State Police medevac helicopter; the woman, also in critical condition, rode in a University of Maryland Express Care helicopter; that helicopter was operated by PHI Air Medical LLC, according to the news release.

The second man was taken in serious condition to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore by a Joppa-Magnolia ambulance.

Maryland State Police troopers are investigating the crash, and Philadelphia Road was closed for a while between Joppa Farm Road and Bulls Lane, according to the news release.

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