Four teen-agers were critically injured last night when their car ran off the shoulder of Paper Mill Road in northern Baltimore County and struck a tree.
Two state police Medevac helicopters were needed to fly the boys, ages 16 and 17, to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. County fire officials said they were suffering from head and abdominal injuries and fractures, and one victim was being treated for a possible collapsed lung.
Fire Department spokesman Glenn Blackwell said the youths' 1992 Honda was eastbound on Paper Mill Road, between Phoenix and Cooper roads,when the driver lost control at about 10: 25 p.m.
The car ran off the right shoulder and struck a tree, Blackwell said. The partially rotted tree -- at least 3 feet in diameter at its base, officials said -- was sheared off by the crash, falling on top of the car, which had come to rest on its side. It took nearly 40 minutes for rescue crews to cut the youths out of the Honda.
Six county ambulances, two Fire Department surgeons, four EMS officers and five fire engines responded to the crash. After they were extracted from the car, two of the victims were loaded onto the first helicopter at the scene. After it took off, the second helicopter landed to take the other two.
The names of the injured were not released pending notification of family members.