Maryland State Police and Harford County fire and rescue personnel spent at least an hour and a half Thursday searching, without success, for a man who crashed a vehicle into a utility pole along Route 24 (Rocks Road) in Forest Hill and then left scene.
The crash happened south of the intersection with Sharon Road at 12:45 p.m., according to police and fire personnel.
Witnesses reported the man, who was wearing gray shorts and no shirt, was in his 60s and appeared to have facial injuries, according to a description posted on the Harford County Fire and EMS Association's media page on Facebook. He was not identified by police.
Multiple members of the Bel Air, Whiteford and Jarrettsville volunteer fire companies, the Harford County Technical Rescue Team and HAZMAT Team were aided in the search by a State Police helicopter.
As the helicopter flew slowly overhead, rescuers on the ground searched along the highway, in the woods and around Sharon Road on foot and all-terrain vehicles.
The man's black Chevrolet Classic TrailBlazer, its front end crumpled on the driver's side, remained near the utility pole it struck.
Several rescue vehicles and trailers were parked in the lot of Bryan's Body and Fender, south of the crash scene, where owner Bryan Yarworth said he did not see or hear the crash.
"All I saw was a bunch of cops going down the street, and then the next thing you know, we see all this," he said.
The search was called off about 2:30 p.m., fire personnel said.
"They did their best to do a thorough search on the area, but it came back with negative results," Cpl. Dudek, of the State Police Bel Air Barrack, said.
He also said State Police have been in contact with the man's family and anyone who comes across him should call 911.
The Harford County Fire & EMS Association said local hospitals were notified in case the man is brought in or comes in on his own.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun