Woman taken to Meritus Medical Center after vehicle crashes into utility pole

April 20, 2012|By HEATHER KEELS |
  • A vehicle is towed away after the driver crashed into a utility pole on Old National Pike near Funkstown. Emergency responders closed the road until a Verizon crew could respond to repair the damaged pole.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

FUNKSTOWN, Md. — A woman was taken to Meritus Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries late Friday afternoon after the Dodge Caravan she was driving crashed into a utility pole on Old National Pike, Maryland State Police said.

The crash occurred at about 5:40 p.m. just south of Next Dimensions Restaurant near Funkstown, Trooper J.R. Bowers said.

Old National Pike, which is also Alternate U.S. 40, was closed between the restaurant and Poffenberger Road while emergency responders waited for a Verizon crew to repair the leaning pole.

Bowers estimated the road would be closed until at least 7:30 p.m.

The woman, who appeared to be in her 60s or 70s, was driving about 25 to 30 mph when she veered off the road and struck the pole, he said.

“We don’t know if it was a medical condition,” Bowers said.

She was the only one in the minivan, and there were no other vehicles involved, he said.

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