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Nurse's condition upgraded

November 26, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

The condition of the nurse who was in an ambulance crash in Howard County, Md., last week was upgraded to good on Thursday, a University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center spokeswoman said.

Robin A. Banfe, 31, of Smithsburg, was injured in the accident that resulted in the death of a local paramedic and the death of an unborn baby, Maryland State Police have said.

A Mid-Maryland Medical Transport ambulance was taking a pregnant woman from Washington County Hospital to a medical center in Baltimore on Nov. 18 when the crash occurred at 12:40 p.m. on Interstate 70 west of St. John's Lane in Howard County, police said.

The ambulance driver, Jeanette M. Roseberry, 27, of 18036 Herr Lane, west of Boonsboro, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

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Three others inside the ambulance, including Banfe, were injured.

Patient Maria M. Williams, 22, of Hagerstown, was in serious condition at Shock Trauma on Thursday night, the hospital spokeswoman said.

Williams' unborn child died as a result of the accident, state police said.

Ambulance attendant John H. Bagley Jr., 34, of Hagerstown, was transferred from Shock Trauma to Washington County Hospital on Tuesday, a Shock Trauma spokeswoman said.

He was listed in good condition Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday night, a hospital spokeswoman said she was unable to give out information on Bagley's condition.

Police said Roseberry was driving the ambulance east on I-70 when it traveled through the grass median and collided with a flatbed tractor-trailer in the westbound lanes. Banfe, who was riding in the back of the ambulance, was thrown from the ambulance upon impact.

The cause of the accident had not been determined, state police said Wednesday.

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