Man injured in crash near North East
— A man was airlifted to a regional trauma hospital Wednesday after the pickup truck he was driving veered off a road near North East and crashed head-on into a tree in a resident’s front yard, briefly trapping him inside the mangled vehicle, police reported.
Firefighters with North East Volunteer Fire Co. were able to extricate the driver — whom investigators identified as Michael Smith, 21, of North East — shortly after the single-vehicle crash in the 700 block of East Old Philadelphia Road, police said.
After an ambulance transported Smith to NEVFC’s
nearby station, a Maryland State Police helicopter landed there and then flew him to University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Unit in Baltimore, police added.
As of early Thursday night, information on Smith’s medical condition was unavailable.
Smith was driving a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck in the westbound lane of East Old Philadelphia Road shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday, when he lost control of the vehicle for yet-to-be-determined reasons, police reported. Smith was the sole occupant of the truck.
The truck strayed across the centerline and then veered across the eastbound lane, before leaving the road, according to police. It appeared that the truck then traveled in a southwestwardly direction up the grassy hill of a resident’s front yard and plowed head-on into a tree, where it came to rest.
“I was in the basement and I heard a boom. I knew exactly what it was,” said a woman who lives on the property where the truck struck the tree.
The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, explained that she had heard a crash “a while back” in which a vehicle wound up in her next-door neighbor’s yard, and that’s how she recognized the sound Wednesday.
Because the driver was pinned inside the truck, the woman and others who had rushed to the scene from nearby places were lim- ited in how they could help him, she said. The woman noted that the driver was “unresponsive” when they arrived but slowly stirred to the point that he was able to talk.
Firefighters arrived mo- ments later, as did police and paramedics, and they quickly freed Smith from the wrecked truck.
This photo shows heavy front-end damage sustained by the pickup truck