Clear Spring man flown from scene of collision at U.S. 40 and Md. 144

November 13, 2011

A Clear Spring man was flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with life-threatening injuries Sunday morning and two others were taken to Meritus Medical Center after a head-on collision with entrapment at U.S. 40 and Md. 144 west of Hagerstown, Maryland State Police said.

Cory Horton, 20, of Clear Spring, was listed in serious condition at the shock trauma center Sunday afternoon, a nursing supervisor said.

The driver of the other vehicle, Gary Miller Jr., 41, of Newcastle, Pa., and his passenger, Karen Miller, 39, also of Newcastle, were taken to Meritus Medical Center.

Meritus Medical Center no longer provides patient conditions to the media.

The intersection and U.S. 40 in both directions were reopened around 8 a.m. Sunday after being closed for six hours after the accident, state police said. The accident was reported at 1:59 a.m. Sunday, state police said.

A westbound Mitsubishi passenger vehicle crossed the center line and hit a Saturn sport utility vehicle head-on, according to an email from state police.

Police initially reported two people were flown from the scene of the crash and one was transported to Meritus, but a sergeant said Sunday afternoon that the accident report listed only Horton as being flown from the scene and both of the Millers as being taken to Meritus.

The cause of the accident was still being investigated, state police said.

— Julie E. Greene and Heather Keels

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