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Churchville woman killed in three-vehicle crash on Route 23 near Forest Hill

A Churchville woman was killed and three other people were injured in a crash Thursday afternoon on Route 23 near Grafton Shop Road in Forest Hill, Maryland State Police said.

State troopers and Harford County sheriff's deputies responded to the accident, which occurred just after 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Route 23 and Grafton Shop Road.

The three vehicles involved were a small pickup truck, an SUV and a six-wheel fuel delivery truck.

The SUV, driven by Mary Niles, 51, of the 3200 block of Ady Road in Street, was pulling a horse trailer heading east on Route 23, according to TFC Dowling of the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack.

A pickup truck, driven by Bradley Baker, 23, of Fallston, was stopped on Grafton Shop Road at the stop sign, waiting to cross Route 23 and continue south, Dowling said. Baker told troopers he couldn't see the oncoming SUV because of the sun, and when he attempted to cross Route 23, he hit the left side of the SUV, sending it into a counter-clockwise spin and into the path of the oncoming kerosene delivery truck, driven by Charles Chew, 46, of York, Pa. The kerosene truck broad-sided the SUV on the passenger side, killing Deborah Ann Wimbrough, 58, of the 2500 block of Palmyra Court in Churchville, Dowling said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chew and his passenger, Ralph Davis III, were both taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air with non-life-threatening injuries. Niles was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was in stable condition late Thursday evening.

At least two horses at the scene were cared for by Harford County Animal Control personnel and a local veterinarian. Neither animal appeared to be seriously injured. The duty officer said they were taken away from the crash site in another trailer.

The Harford Fire and EMS Association's media Facebook page reported the collision "has gravely injured one, seriously injured another and caused minor injuries to two others..." and there was "no leak of product" from the 3,000-gallon tanker.

Route 23 remained closed between Route 24 and High Point Road for several hours State Police said.

No charges have been filed, but as is the case with all fatal accidents, it will be reviewed by the Harford County State's Attorney's Office to determine if charges are necessary.

Thursday's fatality was the second on Harford County roads this year. The same intersection was also the scene of a fatal accident last year.

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