Battling a heavy rainstorm along with summer traffic proved too much for some Carroll County drivers this weekend, as five auto accidents resulted in injuries to at least 13 people, according to state police.
Among the most seriously injured were Glenn J. Catherwood, 21, of Woodcliff, N.J., and his passenger, Michael Eric Dudley, 27, of Baltimore.
Police said Mr. Catherwood, driving a 1990 Saab, was trying to pass three other vehicles on southbound Route 97 in the Berrett area Saturday night, when he swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle, drove into a nearby yard and hit a tree.
It took emergency workers and firefighters nearly an hour to remove the two men from the wreckage.
Mr. Catherwood and Mr. Dudley were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where they both remained yesterday in critical but stable condition with severe leg injuries.
Debbie Gartrell, an emergency medical services lieutenant for the Winfield Volunteer Fire Department, said the windshield of the Saab was spiderwebbed, indicating the driver hit it.
Mr. Dudley's left ankle and left elbow were hurt, and he had a laceration over his right eye, Ms. Gartrell said.
Near Taneytown, 86-year-old Baltimore resident Floyd Dale Chenoweth fell asleep at the wheel of his 1990 Plymouth Voyager and crossed the center line of Harney Road, police said.
The van crashed head-on into a 1987 Buick Century driven by Deborah Ann Crawford, 38, of Sterling, Va. Both drivers and three passengers were taken to Gettysburg Hos
pital. While Mr. Chenoweth and two passengers in the Buick were treated and released, Norma E. Chenoweth, 67, and Ms. Crawford remained hospitalized overnight.
They were listed in satisfactory condition yesterday.
Police reported three other accidents in which drivers or passengers sustained minor injuries:
* A Carroll County youth driving south on Woodbine Road was slightly injured as he attempted to avoid a northbound wide-load vehicle at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
"Everybody was braking for the wide load, and as he was braking, he lost control and went off the road, striking two vehicles," said state Tfc. Ira Click.
Thomas J. Luster, 17, struck a car parked next to the Southern States store, then hit a 1993 Mustang that had been parked at the store. He refused to be transported to a hospital, but was treated for a cut on the left side of his head above the eye. He also had a scratch on his right cheek.
The Mustang belonged to Norma McNeill of Germantown, Montgomery County, who had parked her car and gone into a nearby business before the accident occurred.
* On Saturday, a car driven by Manchester resident Linda Ann Neumann, 28, struck an auto that had been stopped on the wrong side of Miller's Station Road in Hampstead. Both drivers were treated at Carroll County General Hospital and released.
* Police said a passenger was slightly injured when a 1987 Plymouth Sundance driven by a Damascus, Montgomery County, woman turned left into the 1992 Dodge Shadow of Finksburg resident Brian Michael Walsh at 8 a.m. Saturday. A man in the Plymouth was hurt, but did not require hospitalization, according to a police report.