Thick fog yesterday morning was blamed for several accidents around Maryland, including fatal crashes in Baltimore and Montgomery counties, and another that seriously injured a driver in Carroll County.
In Baltimore County, 22-year-old R. Wayne Jenkins, of the 1900 block of Frames Road, was killed about 4 a.m. when he apparently missed a turn because of the fog, then crashed his car into a pumping station in Dundalk.
Mr. Jenkins was driving home after an evening with friends, when he jumped a curb and hit the Bear Creek pumping station at the end of Lynch Road.
Mr. Jenkins was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said excessive speed also may have been a contributing factor in the crash.
In Montgomery County, David Caulton, 33, of the 18000 block of Cottage Garden Drive in Germantown, was driving south on Great Seneca Highway about 7:50 a.m. when he apparently did not see a red light at Longdraft Road.
His 1992 Saturn hit a 1988 Ford Mustang driven by Donald J. Springer, 16, of the 800 block of Pheasant Run Drive in Gaithersburg.
Montgomery County police said Mr. Caulton sustained massive injuries, despite wearing a seat belt and having his air bag deploy, and was pronounced dead on arrival at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.
Mr. Springer was treated for minor injuries at Shady Grove
Adventist Hospital in Rockville.
Police said no charges will be filed in the accident.
Fog also apparently caused an 8:30 a.m. accident on Route 97, near Old Liberty Road in Carroll County.
State police said Teresa Lynn Dell, 29, of the 3900 block of Hanover Pike, Manchester, was driving south in a 1992 Oldsmobile 97 when she missed the end of the road and drove into a construction site, striking heavy equipment. She was taken to Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, where she was in serious condition.