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Woodbine crashes send 3 to hospital


Two Woodbine-area accidents yesterday afternoon sent three people to Baltimore hospitals by helicopter.

A two-car accident in Woodbine about 2:30 p.m. sent 9-year-old Kristen Lankford and Karen Irene Dash to Johns Hopkins Hospital by helicopter.

A Johns Hopkins official said Ms. Dash was in fair and stable condition last night and Kristen Lankford was in good and stable condition.

The accident on Woodbine Road south of Gillis Road blocked traffic for more than 30 minutes.

Ms. Dash, 35, was driving southbound in a blue 1987 Nissan when she lost control of her car and crossed into the northbound lane of Woodbine Road, said Tfc. Ira Click, who investigated the accident.

"For no apparent reason, she started weaving," he said. "She doesn't remember the accident."

Ms. Dash's car was then struck in the middle on the passenger side by 43-year-old Beverly Ann Lankford, Trooper Click said. Ms. Lankford was driving a white 1989 Toyota Camry.

"Really, there was nowhere for [Ms. Lankford] to go," he said.

South Carroll resident Joe McMahon witnessed the accident.

"I was behind the white car northbound on Woodbine Road when the blue car, heading southbound, started fishtailing and turned east-west across the northbound lane," Mr. McMahon said. "The woman in the white car hit her brakes but hit the other car broadside."

Mr. McMahon said he stopped to assist the victims Sentrauntil medics from Winfield Volunteer Fire Department arrived. An ambulance from Lisbon, Howard County, also responded, as well as two state troopers.

Ms. Lankford refused hospital treatment. Her daughter was flown to the pediatric intensive care unit at John Hopkins because the child had severe abdominal pain, said Winfield Fire Chief Tim Warner.

Chief Warner said Ms. Dash was drifting in and out of consciousness at the scene, where medics put anti-shock trousers on her when her blood pressure began to drop.

Intravenous solutions were started on both Ms. Dash and Kristen Lankford. Both victims were taken to Hopkins in one helicopter because that hospital has a pediatric care unit, Mr. Warner said.

Less than two hours earlier, a motorcycle accident in Woodbine sent a 62-year-old Baltimore County man to the Shock Trauma Center.

Tommy Robinson of Monkton was riding with five others on motorcycles when he apparently hit his brakes too hard and skidded off Fannie Dorsey Road at Woodbine Road about 12:45 p.m.

"It looked like he just grabbed too much front brake and went down," said Grover Nevells of Taneytown, one of the motorcyclists with Mr. Robinson.

Mr. Nevells said all the men were wearing helmets.

Winfield Volunteer Fire Department ambulance technician Charles Sperling said Mr. Robinson was sent to Shock Trauma as a precautionary measure because of the possibility of a punctured lung in the lower left lobe, fractured ribs and his age.

"He also had facial abrasions, abrasions on both knees and his hands," Mr. Sperling said, adding that Mr. Robinson's helmet probably prevented more serious injuries. "It had some pretty good scrapes on it."

A Shock Trauma official said Mr. Robinson was in good and stable condition last night.

Another motorcyclist, Charles Arnold of Baltimore, said Mr. Robinson was never unconscious and was even up and walking around after the accident occurred.

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