Accident sends Pa. man to trauma center

May 25, 2009

A two-vehicle accident at the entrance to the Mason Dixon Dragway on Monday afternoon sent a Needmore, Pa., man to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland State Police said.

At approximately 2:45 p.m., police responded to a report of a collision with injuries on U.S. 40.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a Chevrolet Cavalier driven by a Needmore man failed to yield to oncoming traffic while attempting to make a left-hand turn from the dragway onto westbound U.S. 40.

As a result, the door on the driver's side of the Chevrolet Cavalier was struck by a Ford Explorer traveling eastbound on U.S. 40.

Police said the operator of the Chevrolet Cavalier was flown from the scene by medevac helicopter with life-threatening injuries.

The three occupants of the Ford Explorer were transported to Washington County Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

The identities of the four injured people were not available late Monday.


During the accident investigation, U.S. 40 was closed in both directions for approximately 90 minutes while traffic was detoured on a nearby utility road, police said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department assisted with the investigation.

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