Rescue crews responded to the scene of a three-vehicle accident on Route 152 (Mountain Road) near Old Mountain Road North in Joppa Monday afternoon that sent two people to the hospital.
The accident forced the closure of Route 152 between Old Joppa and Singer roads for several hours during a typically busy time – the homebound commute.
Sgt. Joseph Comer, of the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack said first responders were alerted at 3:34 p.m. Monday, after a 2004 Ford F150 pickup truck, traveling south on the highway and driven by Raymond Glenn Cooke Jr., 60, of Dundalk, crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 2007 Toyota Corolla, driven by Phillip Lee Gregg, 31, of Notthingham, who was traveling north.
After the initial collision, the pickup hit a dump truck, driven by Ronald Alan Denbow, 49, of the 1300 block of Rigbie Hall Court in Belcamp, who was traveling north behind the car and who had stopped, according to the State Police accident report.
The car went off the highway and rolled about 100 feet down a grassy embankment, according to the accident report, where rescue crews worked to free the driver, Gregg.
Comer said Gregg was flown by State Police Medevac helicopter to shock trauma after being freed from the wreckage. He was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.
Cooke was transported by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. His condition was not available Tuesday.
Comer said the dump truck driver was not seriously injured.
The Shock Trauma Center's GO-TEAM was requested to assist with the extrication of the driver of the car, according to the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company's Facebook page.
The team is called to accident scenes "for patients with suspected life-threatening injuries when extrication times are estimated to exceed one hour," according to the University of Maryland Medical Center web page. Cindy Rivers, a spokesperson for shock trauma, said Tuesday the driver was extricated before the team arrived and the request was canceled.
According to the accident report, Cooke, the driver of the pickup truck, "failed to drive right of center and crossed the double yellow lines."enter and crossed the double yellow lines."