Md. 32 was closed between Springfield Avenue and Freedom Avenue for several hours Wednesday after a three-car collision involving a Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputy.

Two people, including Deputy Brett Etzler, were taken by ambulance to Shock Trauma at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimorewith non-life-threatening injuries, Sheriff Jim DeWees said.

The Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department got the call for the three-car crash at 10:19 a.m., said Bill Rehkopf, the company's spokesman.


A Nissan Titan pickup truck going south on Md. 32 lost control and struck Etzler's marked car, which was traveling north, head on, DeWees said, adding that the Sheriff's Office does not yet know why the Nissan's driver lost control of the vehicle.

Theodore Ely, 49, of Union Bridge, was driving the Nissan, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.

The collision sent Etzler's car into an embankment. A Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Ziad Bader, 45, of Sykesville, was also hit, according to the release, but it was a secondary hit, Rehkopf said.

Bader was driving behind Etzler and was hit when the Nissan came over the center line, according to the release.

The driver of the Nissan was one of the two transported by ground to Shock Trauma, DeWees said.

Both Etzler and the other driver were conscious, Rehkopf said, adding that the fire company had to use hydraulic rescue tools, commonly known as the "Jaws of Life" to remove the door to get Etzler out of his car. It took about 5 minutes to extract him, Rehkopf said.

DeWees said he has talked to Etzler, and the deputy was alert. The two drivers were taken to Shock Trauma to ensure there were no internal injuries, DeWees said.

The affected stretch of Md. 32 had reopened by early afternoon.

Any potential charges will be determined once the investigation is complete, according to the release. Anyone with additional information may contact Deputy Mario DeVivio by calling 410-386-2900.