Two Taneytown teen-agers were thrown from the car in which they were riding when it struck a curb, became airborne, hit a utility pole, flipped over and landed on its roof in a ravine in Westminster yesterday.
Both girls were injured severely and were taken by state police Med-Evac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
State police said the teens were in a 1985 Ford Tempo, westbound on Route 140 near Sullivan Road, when the vehicle struck the curb and flew into the air.
The car hit a pole on the right side of the road about six feet above the ground, splintering it and breaking it in two.
The car somersaulted as it went over the embankment, crashing down on its top.
The girls were found outside the car by police and rescue workers from the Westminster and Reese fire stations.
Trooper Mark Long said Holly Galandak, 16, was driving west on the wet road when the accident occurred. Her condition was listed as critical at the hospital.
The passenger, Elizabeth Louise Ward, 17, was in serious condition, according to a hospital spokesman.
Two lanes of the three-lane highway were closed to traffic by rescue equipment.
Neither of the girls was wearing a seat belt, according to Trooper Long. He said charges are pending against the driver.
Police said the vehicle was badly damaged in the crash.