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Street sweeper and cars crash in Hampstead, one teen airlifted for treatment, Md. 27 closed

Street sweeper and cars crash in Hampstead, one teen airlifted for treatment, Md. 27 closed
Police investigate the scene of a crash in the 2300 block of Md. 27 near Manchester Monday, July 22, 2019. (Dylan Slagle/Carroll County Times)

A street sweeper and two vehicles crashed in Hampstead on Monday, sending two drivers to the hospital and closing a section of Md. 27 for several hours, police say.

A 2016 white Kia Forte, driven by 19-year-old Benjamin Johnson of Manchester, was southbound on Md. 27 when it veered into the northbound lane and struck a 2007 white street sweeper (freight liner) driven by Lothian resident Floyd Dilsaver, 56, at approximately 11 a.m., according to a release from Maryland State Police, Westminster barrack. The street sweeper then hit the guardrail and the Kia struck a 2010 blue Honda CRV driven by Finksburg resident Karen Leppo, 53, the release states.

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Maryland State Police Aviation flew Johnson to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and an ambulance took Dilsaver by ground to Carroll Hospital Center, according to the release. Leppo was not transported, Cpl. Melissa Haut said. There were no passengers in the vehicles and at least two were towed, according to Haut.

It is unknown why the Kia drove into oncoming traffic, Haut said.

The crash occurred at Md. 27, north of Albert Rill Road, shutting down part of the road for about three hours, according to the release. The Maryland State Highway Administration directed traffic, said Sgt. Todd Newill. A large section of Md. 27 closed from Old Fort Schoolhouse Road to Westminster Street.

Charges against any drivers are pending and the investigation is ongoing, according to the release. Anyone with information regarding the crash should call the Westminster barracks at 410-386-3000.

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