Nine people were sent to area hospitals, one in serious condition, Tuesday morning following a three-car crash on Route 161 south of Darlington, Maryland State Police said.
The accident was reported at 9:18 a.m. on Darlington Road (Route 161) north of Price Road.
A green 1999 Mercury Sable, driven by John Walter, 50, of Robin Hood Road in Havre de Grace, was traveling south on Darlington Road when it crossed the double yellow line and side-swiped a silver 2007 Toyota Corolla, driven by Rebecca Cole, 40, of Cambridge Avenue in Aberdeen. Two children, ages 6 and 7, were also in her car.
The Mercury continued south in the northbound lane and hit head-on a green 2012 Subaru Outback, occupied by five people.
Walter, who was pinned in his car, had to be extricated before he was taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
Cole and her passengers were taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore.
Four of the five people in the Subaru – Richard Sobczak, 63, and Trudy Sobczak, 55, and two children, ages 6 and 9, all of Woodell Road in Baltimore, were taken by ambulance to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air.
The fifth passenger in the Subaru – Melanie Bowers, 25, also of Woodell Road in Baltimore, was taken by ambulance to Bayview Medical Center.
The intersection of Route 161 and Price Road reopened shortly after noon, State Police said.
Police said it does not appear that alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Calls for a motor vehicle accident with rescue on Route 161 (Darlington Road) near Price road were initially broadcast by Harford County emergency radio dispatch shortly after 9:15 a.m.
Maryland State Police responded as did fire and rescue and emergency medical units from several fire companies in the area.