Four people were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after two accidents in Carroll County on Sunday and yesterday.
One of the victims drove her car into a guardrail in the Eldersburg area to avoid hitting a cat, she told state police.
Carol E. Kelbaugh, 35, of Westminster told investigators she was driving south on Route 97 south of Bartholow Road about 10 a.m. yesterday when a cat ran across the highway.
Ms. Kelbaugh told the members of a medic crew from the Winfield Fire Company that she had major abdominal surgery recently and was suffering from extreme pain.
A hospital spokeswoman said she was released about 3 p.m.
Three teen-agers were flown to the same hospital after the 1985 Buick Sky Hawk in which they were riding ran off the road in the Manchester area and struck a utility pole at 12:05 a.m. Sunday.
State police said Teresa Lee Mays, 17, of Millers was driving the auto east on Maple Grove Road near Basler Road and lost control, running off the left shoulder of the highway before striking the pole.
Two passengers, Lisa M. McCaulay, 15, of Hampstead and Chiara Nicole Deiaco, 15, of Westminster were also taken to the trauma center by state police helicopter.
All three were released after treatment, according to a hospital spokeswoman.