A serious crash led police to close the intersection of Md. 27 and N. Main Street in Mount Airy on Tuesday afternoon, with motorists being detoured around the scene for more than three hours.
The crash occurred at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday when the driver of a silver BMW 328i car failed to yield at the stop light to a flatbed Ford F-750 truck that was traveling south on Md. 27 and struck the BMW on the driver's side, according to a news release from the Maryland State Police.
The driver of the BMW, Robert Alan Flanary, 27, and his passenger, Charles Thomas Tyeryar, 72, both of Mount Airy, were both flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with serious injuries, according to the release.
As of 9:27 p.m., Flanary was in critical condition and Tyeryar in fair condition, according to Andrea Baird, a spokeswoman for the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Police enforced a detour from Main Street to Watersville Road from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. while the crash reconstructions team recreated the incident, according to a spokeswoman from the state police Westminster Barrack.
The investigation indicated that at the time of the crash, a school bus southbound on Md. 27 was making a right turn on to Main Street as Flanary entered the intersection to make a left turn on to a northbound Md. 27 lane, exposing the vehicle to the truck.
The driver of the truck, Wilber A Cruz, 35, of Riverdale, refused medical treatment at the scene, according to the release.