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National Guard staff sergeant killed in Reisterstown crash after collision with tractor-trailer

A Maryland National Guard staff sergeant died of her injuries after a Reisterstown car crash Tuesday morning, Baltimore County police said.

Dinora Aracely Flores, of the first block of Valley Park Court in Damascus, was 33 years old.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Flores until she is laid to rest.

“My heartfelt condolences go to the loved ones of Staff Sgt. Dinora Flores, whose life was suddenly cut short …” Hogan said in a statement. “She served our state and country with great distinction. I ask all Marylanders to keep the Flores family in your prayers at this difficult time.”

Flores was stopped in the northbound lane waiting to turn left from Route 30 to Rue Saint Lo Drive just outside Camp Fretterd Military Reservation when she was rear-ended by a flatbed truck, police spokeswoman Officer Jen Peach said.

The truck pushed Flores, who was driving a Ford Fusion, into the southbound lane, where her car collided with an oncoming tractor-trailer.

Police were dispatched at 7:07 a.m., Peach said. Route 30 was closed between Butler Road and Route 91 until nearly 1 p.m., Peach said.

Flores joined the Maryland National Guard in November 2009. She worked full-time as a supply non-commissioned officer for the Recruiting and Retention Battalion at Camp Fretterd.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Flores family at this most difficult time," Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh, the adjutant general of Maryland, said in a release. "The loss of one of our own is always very difficult, and little can be said to ease the pain, but we must remember Staff Sgt. Flores' dedication to our nation and state and honor her service."

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