Rescue teams and equipment were called to Darlington in northern Harford County Monday morning after an employee of a trash collection company became lodged under a truck and suffered leg injuries in what police described as a bizarre set of circumstances.
According to witnesses at the scene, the injured person was the driver of the truck, who has since been identified by Maryland State Police as Patricia Colbert, 51, of Delta, Pa.
The accident occurred around 10:45 a.m. on Route 1, a short distance from its intersection with Route 161 (Main Street). Initial Harford County emergency radio calls said a pedestrian was caught under a truck.
Harford County EMS and Volunteer Fire Association Spokesman Dave Williams said Colbert was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore by Darlington Volunteer Fire Company ambulance.
Maryland State Police are handling the investigation. Harford County sheriff's deputies assisted at the scene.
State Police spokesman Lt. Charles Moore, commander of the Bel Air Barrack, said Monday afternoon that Colbert was in critical condition with "severe leg injuries." Moore did not have any additional information about Colbert's condition when contacted again Tuesday morning, except to say she was still "critical."
Colbert, according to Moore, was driving the truck when she felt ill and started vomiting. As she was leaning out of the vehicle, she fell and was run over by the truck she was operating, he added. A witness said a fellow employee was able to stop the truck and called police.
Moore confirmed that Colbert was driving a truck for Alleycat Trash Removal LLC of Darlington, which has addresses in Darlington and Joppa.
A person who answered the company's phone Tuesday said they weren't commenting other than to ask people to pray for Colbert.
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