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Five taken to hospital after crash on U.S. 40 at Mount Lena Road

July 10, 2013|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com
  • A Nissan Altima, left, was heavily damaged in a three-vehicle crash Wednesday morning at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Mount Lena Road. Four people were taken to Meritus Medical Center.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO, Md. — Five people, including a child, were taken to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown following a three-vehicle collision Wednesday morning on U.S. 40 near the entrance to Greenbrier State Park, according to Maryland State Police.

One person was a priority two patient, and three people were priority three patients, according to police. The child was a priority three patient, police said.

Injuries are graded on their severity on a scale of one to three, with one being the most serious, police said.

Police Wednesday afternoon were unable to provide the names of those involved in the crash.

The accident at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Mount Lena Road was called in about 11:30 a.m., a Washington County Emergency Services supervisor said.

Senior Trooper S. Bussard said a dark gold Hyundai SUV was rear-ended by a green Nissan passenger car in the westbound lane of travel. The collision pushed the SUV into the path of a silver BMW traveling east, he said.

There was heavy damage to all three vehicles. The BMW, which had two occupants, and the Hyundai came to rest against the guardrail on the south side of the roadway, while the Nissan sat in the middle of the westbound lane after the collision.

Fire units from Washington and Frederick counties responded to the crash, which closed U.S. 40 for approximately an hour while crews cleaned up the wreck.

A state police medevac helicopter was called to the scene, but later canceled, according to the EMS supervisor. The scene was cleared by about 12:30 p.m.

The investigation into the crash is continuing, Bussard said.

Staff Writer Dave McMillion contributed to this story.

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