2 seriously injured as car hits dump truck 2 construction workers at site jump aside, escape harm


A cry -- "Look out" -- may have saved the life of a road construction worker when a car headed south on Route 97 went through a stop sign and crashed into a stopped dump truck at Old Liberty Road yesterday.

The two occupants of the car were seriously injured.

The driver, Richard P. Collins, 54, of Bluefield, Va., was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was in serious and stable condition with internal injuries yesterday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Lawrence Skoczynski, 31, of Baltimore, the passenger, was taken to Carroll County General Hospital for treatment, then transferred to Shock Trauma about 4:15 p.m.

The crash occurred about 12:30 p.m. yesterday.

Construction worker Bill Curlett III, 25, of Glen Burnie, said he and the site supervisor, Dave Kessler, were working at the edge of the road near a stop sign on Route 97 at Old Liberty Road.

He said they were moving a sign when a 1979 Ford Pinto crossed the highway without stopping and headed toward the two workers.

Mr. Kessler shouted "Look out" to Mr. Curlett, and both men jumped to the side as the Pinto sped past, became airborne and struck a dump truck loaded with large stones.

The supervisor said, "I heard the wind of a vehicle too close to me and saw a red streak heading my way, and that's when I yelled to Bill. I don't remember exactly what I did, but I must have also jumped to the side.

"I'm still wearing a back brace from an accident on a construction site almost exactly one year ago today."

The driver and passenger were trapped inside the car as fire erupted under the hood. Workers at the construction site ran for three fire extinguishers to douse the fire before emergency crews from the Winfield fire company arrived to extricate the men from the car.

State trooper Frank Childress, the investigating officer, said he detected an odor of alcohol. Charges are pending against the driver, he said.

A tow truck driver used two winches to pull the Pinto from under the dump truck.

The site of Monday's accident was the same spot where, at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in heavy fog, a Manchester woman ran her car onto the construction site and crashed into a large metal container containing 10,000 pounds of stones.

Teresa Lynn Dell, 29, of the 3900 block of Hanover Pike, was released from the trauma center at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore yesterday.

Investigators said she was driving a 1992 Oldsmobile south on Route 97 at Old Liberty Road and apparently could not see the stop sign because of the fog. Her car continued across Old Liberty and onto the road construction site.

Police said Ms. Dell was wearing a seat belt.

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