5 hurt in 3 separate Westminster-area crashes 2 taken to Shock Trauma Center from worst accident, on Route 140


Five people were injured in three separate accidents in the Westminster area within an hour and seven minutes yesterday.

In the most serious crash, two people were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after two cars collided at Route 140 and Royer Road at 12:06 p.m.

Police said a 1990 Nissan going east on Route 140 struck the left front fender and door of a 1990 Pontiac Bonneville, operated by Charles H. Gardner, 69, of Florida, that pulled out of Royer Road in front of it.

The Nissan's driver, Susan Lynn Haebler, 18, of the 2100 block of Richardson Road was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Her mother, Louise Haebler, 44, of the same address, who was a passenger in the car, was taken to Shock Trauma by a Pleasant Valley medic unit.

Her condition was listed as serious and stable late yesterday.

Mr. Gardner was flown to Shock Trauma in a state police MedEvac helicopter. He was listed in critical and stable condition by a hospital spokeswoman.

Another crash, the earliest, occurred at Route 97 and Route 32 at 10:59 a.m. Police said a southbound pickup struck and ran over the left fender and hood of a Honda that was pulling onto Route 97. The pickup truck also hit the left rear door of a Volvo station wagon waiting to turn onto Route 32.

The pickup and Honda drivers were taken to Carroll County General Hospital for treatment. Their identities were not immediately available from state police.

The driver of the Volvo was not injured.

In the third accident, which occurred at 11:29 a.m., an International truck loaded with five tons of baled hay lost its brakes on Route 31 and struck a 1993 GMC diesel pickup truck that was headed east on Uniontown Road.

David Brathuhn, 35, of Millers Station, said he was heading north on Route 31 and attempted to stop for the traffic light at the intersection, but a brake line apparently ruptured and he was unable to stop the loaded truck.

Mr. Brathuhn told police he swerved to the right to turn into Uniontown Road in an attempt to avoid the collision, but struck the pickup's right front fender. The force of the collision spilled much of the hay onto the pickup.

William Lentzner, 25, of Westminster, the pickup's driver, said he was eastbound on Uniontown Road with a green light and did not see the larger truck until the impact.

Neither driver was injured, but police closed the road until the hay could be cleared.

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