Six people were injured, some critically, in a three-car crash at about 6 o'clock last night at the intersection of Route 27, Cranberry Road and Bennett Cerf Drive in Westminster.
Four of the injured were transported to area hospitals in two Maryland State Police helicopters. The others were taken in Westminster and Pleasant Valley ambulances.
None of the injured was immediately identified.
Workers cut the roof off a silver Subaru in which four people, including two children, were riding. Two of the passengers were trapped in the car, state police said.
The driver of a Dodge Dynasty also was trapped in his car.
Initial police reports indicated that the Dodge was heading north on Route 27 and a white Plymouth Volare was southbound when the Subaru pulled in front of them.
The Subaru came to rest on Cranberry Road facing west, the Dodge was in the northbound lane of Route 27 and the Volare was behind the Dodge facing south in the northbound lane.
Fire engines and ambulances from Westminster, Pleasant Valley and Manchester -- including four medic units -- formed a circle around the Dodge and the Subaru, and workers set up emergency lights on the scene.
Traffic was backed up on Route 27 for almost half an hour. Southbound traffic was diverted onto Route 482.
A woman at the scene, who said she works at Random House Inc., said the intersection is dangerous when employees from Random House and English American Tailoring Co., which is located on Cranberry Road, are leaving work.
The two companies are located across Route 27 from each other.
The woman, who declined to give her name, said employees at Random House have requested a traffic light at the intersection to replace the stop sign that's there now.