Two women were at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in serious and stable condition last night after a head-on collision on Route 32 in Sykesville about 2:40 p.m. Monday.
Fire and rescue crews worked for nearly 90 minutes to before they could extricate the driver of a Ford Taurus from the vehicle. Her legs were trapped under the steering column and instrument panel when the left front section of the car was pushed back into her lap, fire officials said.
Rescue workers cut the top and both front doors off the Ford before they could get the driver, Carol Campher, 52, of Montgomery County out of the crumpled auto, which was knocked off the road and into a ditch.
A passenger in the Ford, Estelle Peterson, 53, of Fredericksburg, Va., was pulled from the car before the driver and taken to the trauma center.
Sykesville police said the Ford was struck by an Oldsmobile headed north in the southbound lane when the crash occurred. The Oldsmobile had crossed the double center line before the collision. The name of the driver of the northbound vehicle was not available last night. Police said she was a resident of the Eldersburg-Sykesville area.
Both of the injured women were taken to the trauma center in medic units because the state police helicopters were grounded by the weather.
Linsey Washington, the fiance of Ms. Campher, and Howard Peterson, the husband of Ms. Peterson, were in another vehicle just ahead of the Ford and had to swerve off the highway to avoid being struck by the Oldsmobile, Mr. Peterson said.
A third vehicle, also southbound on Sykesville Road near Raincliffe Road, was struck in the right side and ran off the left shoulder of the highway. No one was injured in that vehicle.
The highway was closed for more than two hours.