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Four people are injured after van collides with three vehicles on Route 97 in Glenelg


Four people were injured Monday in Glenelg after a southbound van veered out of control on Route 97 and struck three cars in the northbound lanes, Howard County police said.

Catherine Virginia Martin, 30, the Mount Airy woman who drove the van, was flown by state police MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. She was in serious but stable condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Ms. Martin's 6-year-old son, Casey, was taken to the Johns Hopkins Hospital's pediatric intensive care unit with head injuries. Her 4-year-old daughter, Samantha, was treated and released at Montgomery County General Hospital, police said.

The driver of a Dodge truck struck by the van, Herman Foster Fredericks of Olney, was taken to Montgomery County General for treatment. Occupants of the other vehicles were not seriously injured, police said.

Traffic investigators said the accident took place about 4:11 p.m. when Ms. Martin's 1995 Plymouth van crossed the center line on Route 97, just north of the Montgomery County line, and struck a northbound 1991 Mercury.

The van continued south in the northbound lane and struck Mr. Fredericks' 1988 Dodge truck head-on. Police said the van also hit a 1987 Mercedes traveling behind the truck.

Charges had not been filed as of yesterday afternoon. The case was still under investigation.

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