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Van comes to rest atop signal box, holding up telephone pole after collision in Westminster

Police work at the scene of a crash that left a van raised up off its wheels at the intersection of westbound Md. 140 and Sullivan Road in Westminster Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.
Police work at the scene of a crash that left a van raised up off its wheels at the intersection of westbound Md. 140 and Sullivan Road in Westminster Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (Dylan Slagle)

The driver of a van had to be transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore after being involved in a three-vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon in Westminster that resulted in the van striking a utility pole and winding up wedged against a traffic signal box off the ground.

Maryland State Police Cpl. Michael Karas said the accident took place around 12 noon near the intersection of Md. 140 and Sullivan Road. The work van was traveling westbound on 140, according to police, when the driver experienced a medical condition that led to that vehicle going into the median and striking the utility pole. The vehicle then went off the road and collided with a traffic signal box, police said, opposite from Plum Crazy Diner along 140.

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The driver of the van, which police said belonged to Clear Ridge Nursery, Inc., out of Union Bridge, was trapped inside the vehicle as a result of the accident. Two other vehicles were involved, according to police dispatcher notes, one of which was a 1950 Ford.

The van landed on top of the signal box and was holding up a telephone pole, according to the police notes. Maryland State Highway Administration and Baltimore Gas Electric had staff on the scene, Karas said. The traffic light at the intersection was still out as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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