Havre de Grace crash on Christmas Day sends 6 to hospitals

A woman driving a Ford pickup started a four-vehicle crash on Route 40 at Oakington Road between Aberdeen and Havre de Grace late Christmas afternoon that sent six people, including two juveniles, to hospitals, Maryland State Police reported.

The 4:35 p.m. crash had Route 40 shut down to westbound traffic between Oakington and Route 22 in Aberdeen for about two hours.


Four vehicles were involved in a rear-end collision at a red light, Cpl. Griffin of the Maryland State Police said.

One juvenile was flown by Medevac helicopter to Johns Hopkins Children's Center and two adults were taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore by ambulance, Griffin said.

The initial investigation showed speed and alcohol to be the main factors in the accident, according to a press release.

Denise Rose Whatmough, of Havre de Grace, approached the intersection in a 2005 Ford F150 she was driving, but failed to stop for the red signal, according to Maryland State Police.

The Ford struck a 2007 Chevy Cobalt driven by Tamara Heckman, of Aberdeen. That collision started a chain reaction as the Chevy hit a 2011 Honda Civic driven by Sara Baldwin, of Port Deposit, and a 2013 Freightliner driven by Blake Wright, of California, according to State Police.

Whatmough was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Heckman, along with a female juvenile passenger in her car, were also taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

A male juvenile passenger in the Chevy was flown to Johns Hopkins Pediatric Center with serious injuries.

The two occupants of the Honda were taken to Harford Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.