4 people hurt, 1 critically, in county road accidents


Three people were injured, one critically, in a crash on an ice-covered bridge over Liberty Reservoir, and a Taneytown teen-ager was hurt in a three-car collision at Routes 140 and 31 in Westminster.

Both accidents occurred Wednesday.

State police said a car headed east on Liberty Road skidded on the ice, spun across the center line and crashed into the front of a westbound vehicle about 11:25 p.m.

Deborah Armstrong-Bartee, 40, of the 3500 block of Lucille Ave. in Baltimore, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore in the state police MedEvac helicopter. She was listed in critical condition yesterday by a hospital spokesman.

Police said the woman was driving a 1990 Hyundai over the bridge when she lost control on the icy surface. The driver of the westbound 1990 Mazda, Wei En Lin, 43, and the passenger, Wai Shun Lam, 45, both of Eldersburg, were examined for minor injuries, according to state police.

In the Westminster crash, which occurred about noon Wednesday, city police said a northbound Ford Taurus driven by Diana Susan Freney, 31, of Columbia, apparently drove around a road barrier on Route 31, crossed the double yellow line into the southbound lane and pulled into the path of an eastbound car on Route 140.

The driver of the eastbound Dodge Shadow, Betty Emma Porter, 64, of Ellicott City, was saved from serious injury when the air bag inflated. A Ford Escort driven by Craig D. Jenkins, 38, of Taneytown, crashed into the rear of the Dodge. His passenger, Kristie Jenkins, 17, was treated at Carroll County General Hospital and released that evening.

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