Driver, 87, critically hurt in collision


An 87-year-old Warfieldsburg man was critically injured when he was ejected from his car in a two-vehicle crash on Route 27 about 3 p.m. yesterday. The man was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore in a state police MedEvac helicopter.

Vernon Barnes, who has lived in the 1400 block of Dennings Road for more than 50 years, drove his Chrysler New Yorker out of Dennings Road and collided with a Buick Park Avenue that was traveling south on Route 27, state police said.

The driver of the Buick, James Price, 64, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., was not injured. Police said the air bags in Mr. Price's auto inflated.

Officers said Mr. Barnes' vehicle was struck at the left rear door and spun around 180 degrees, coming to rest facing west. He was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected when the driver's door flew open. He was bleeding from severe head injuries, investigators said.

No charges were immediately filed in the accident, police said.

In two other accidents on county roads yesterday afternoon, three 16-year-old youths were taken to Carroll County General Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

In the first crash at 4:16 p.m., the teen-aged driver told state police he was driving north on Route 27 north of Braddock Road and had fallen asleep when his pickup truck ran off the right side of the highway and struck a utility pole.

Officers said the pole was broken at the base, and electric wires dropped to within several feet of the roof of the truck.

The driver, whose name was not released until his parents could be notified, suffered a minor injury. His passenger also suffered minor injuries, police said.

Brian Andrews, 16, 700 block of Old Liberty Road, received back and neck injuries when his Ford pickup truck struck the left rear of a Toyota van on Freter Road and crossed the center line of the highway and ran into a drainage ditch about 4:45 p.m. yesterday.

State police said the van had stopped in the road on a steep hill to back into the driveway of a house in the 5000 block of Freter Road when it was struck by the truck. The driver and a passenger, a 3-year-old boy, were not injured.

Police said charges are pending in both accidents.

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