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One Critical After Collision Near Ellicott City High School (UPDATE)

Officials say the victim was flown to shock trauma.

Update 4:05 p.m.:

Howard County Police now say there were five teenagers involved in the collision; four were taken to Howard County General Hospital with non-life-threatening injures and one was flown to University of Maryland's Shock Trauma in critical condition.

Updated 3:45 p.m.:

Four teenagers were injured and one is in critical condition after a two-vehicle collision near Mt. Hebron High School Thursday, according to police. 

According to a statement released by the Howard County Police Department, investigators believe that the teenagers are students at Mt. Hebron.

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The car they were in was leaving a school parking lot at about 2:20 p.m., according to police, and the preliminary investigation suggests it pulled out directly into the path of a “very large Mack truck” that was traveling west on Route 99.

Three of the teenagers were taken by ambulance to Howard County General Hospital, according to police. One teen was taken by helicopter to University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma in critical condition.

The truck is owned by a tree removal service, according to police.

Police say they do not yet know if the car was turning left or right out of the parking lot. 

 

Original article:

Four people were injured - one is in critical condition - after a two-car collision near Mt. Hebron High School Thursday, according to officials. 

Crews responded to the collision near the Mt. Hebron student parking lot just after 2:20 p.m., according to Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Jacqueline Cutler. 

The collision involved one car and one truck, described by police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn as a "service truck."

Four people were injured, Cutler said; three with non-life threatening injuries and another with critical, life-threatening injuries. That person was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma, Cutler said.

As of about 3 p.m., Llewellyn and Cutler both said they did not know if any of those involved in the collision were students.

Route 99 eastbound is closed while authorities investigate the collision.

This article was updated to include information from the Howard County Police Department.

Justin case January 03, 2013 at 08:16 PM
They were students between 15-17. A fifth person involved ran from the scene
EL January 04, 2013 at 02:08 AM
From the message sent by principal...and perhaps applies to above post.. Please caution your children that they may hear rumors on social media that may not be accurate.
Craig H. January 04, 2013 at 03:15 PM
When the school's parking lot was reconstructed a year ago along with Route 99 in front of the school, it seems like they re-configured the student parking lot to block access to the signal at St. John's Lane, so that the only access between the student lot and Route 99 is via the unsignalized driveway to the west of Saint John's Lane (where this accident occurred). If this is the case, perhaps the lot should be reconfigured, to allow students to access Route 99 at the St. John's signal.

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