5 injured, 3 seriously, on county roads


Five people were hurt in two traffic accidents in Carroll County yesterday, and three of them were taken by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

About 2:50 p.m. yesterday, the driver of a Subaru automobile pulled out of the driveway of a car repair shop in the 800 block of Route 32 in Westminster and into the path of a Ford pickup truck, state police said.

The driver of the southbound pickup, Ralph Chronister, 24, of Taneytown, apparently tried to avoid the collision by crossing the center line of the road but struck the Subaru broadside, police said.

Charlotte Mitchell, 26, who lives in the 800 block of Washington Road, Westminster, was pinned in her Subaru for about 15 minutes. Rescue workers from the Westminster fire company freed her and carried her to a state police MedEvac helicopter that landed in a snow-covered field nearby.

Mr. Chronister was taken to Carroll County General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and released.

Two pickup trucks were involved in a head-on crash about 10:40 a.m. yesterday on Route 91 near Lawndale Road in the Finksburg area.

State police said a 1989 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Adam M. Jenkins of Westminster, was headed south on Route 91 at a curve when it crossed the center line and collided with a northbound Ford pickup, which rolled over on its right side.

Mr. Jenkins, 21, of the 300 block of Mary Ave. and passenger Kara Nicole Price, 19, of the 2400 block of Cedarhurst Drive, Finksburg, were flown by state police helicopter to Shock Trauma.

The 1988 Ford pickup was driven by Bruce I. Davidson, 39, of the 1100 block of Emory Church Road in Upperco.

He was taken to Carroll County General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and released.

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