Police chief's son hurt in one-car crash in storm
The 31-year-old son of the Hampstead police chief was seriously injured when the car he was driving ran off Deer Park Road and struck a tree during a thunderstorm about 3 p.m. yesterday.
John Russell, who lives in the 1700 block of Deer Park Road in Finksburg, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment of a compound fracture of the right leg, and chest and facial injuries.
He was admitted in serious and stable condition, according to a Shock Trauma spokeswoman.
State police said Mr. Russell was driving east in the 1500 block of Deer Park Road about 40 mph in a heavy rainstorm when the car lost traction, went out of control and ran off the right side of the road, hitting a tree.
Rescue and fire units from the Reese station extricated the victim from his 1991 Ford Probe and administered emergency care to the broken leg while waiting for the state police helicopter.
Police said Mr. Russell was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
* Sandymount: Reese and Westminster reponded to two houses struck by lightning on Sandymount Road at 2:55 p.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday. Units were out about 30 minutes.
* Westminster: Engines from the Westminster station were dispatched for a truck fire on Manchester Road at 6:22 p.m. Tuesday but were recalled after two minutes.