Van carrying 15 involved in two-vehicle crash on I-70

August 03, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN and DON AINES |;
  • This van carrying 15 people was involved in a two-vehicle crash on westbound Interstate 70 west of Clear Spring.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

CLEAR SPRING — A Friday morning accident on Interstate 70 involving a car, a van carrying 15 people and a deer sent all of those in the van to the hospital, authorities said.

The accident occurred shortly after 8 a.m., when a Hyundai Genesis sedan with five occupants struck a deer on westbound I-70, Maryland State Police 1st Sgt. Kevin Lewis said.

The driver of a Mercedes Benz Sprinter slammed on the van’s brakes as he approached the rear of the Hyundai, Lewis said. The van did not strike the Hyundai, but the driver lost control of the vehicle and it went into the median, rolling onto its left side, Lewis said.

Eight people were taken to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown immediately after the crash, which occurred between Clear Spring and Big Pool, Lewis said.

The other seven initially were taken to the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co., fire company Capt. Zack Reid said. Those seven later were taken to Meritus to be checked out for complaints of pain, he said.

The seven taken initially to the fire company had not requested medical care at the scene, but decided to get checked by medical personnel after they arrived at the firehouse, Lewis said.

Fourteen of the 15 people were treated or evaluated by the Meritus emergency department, hospital spokeswoman Nicole Jovel said. By 2 p.m. only one person still was being evaluated, she said.

When a large number of people come into the center within a short period of time, “we utilize the triage system to ensure the people who need care the quickest receive it the quickest,” she said.

Jovel said she had talked with staff in the department and “I think everything went as well as it could.”

The occupants of the van were Chinese, and only two spoke English, Reid said.

The van was headed for Buffalo, N.Y., but Lewis said he did not know where it was coming from.

None of the people in the sedan involved in the crash were injured, Reid said. There were two adults and three children in the sedan, Lewis said.

The Hyundai was driven away from the scene, Lewis said.

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