An 18-year-old Ellicott City student is in critical condition after a two-vehicle collision Thursday near Mt. Hebron High School, according to Howard County police.
Four other students were also injured in the collision, police said in a statement.
Police say Jeffrey Conner Sinclair, 18, was driving a Honda Civic at about 2:20 p.m. The preliminary investigation suggests Sinclair pulled out of a Mt. Hebron parking lot directly into the path of a Mack Truck.
According to police, also in the Civic were: Justyn Richard Alexander, 17, front seat; Michael Dennis Brooks, 15; Elisha Shannon Brown, 17; and Urek Ali Bradshaw, 16. All four were taken to Howard County General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police say it is not yet clear whether the teens, who are all males, were wearing seat belts.
A 43-year-old man from Sykesville was driving the truck, which is owned by a tree removal service, according to police.
The man was driving west on Route 99, according to police; it has not yet been determined whether the Honda was turning right or left out of the parking lot.
Route 99 eastbound was closed for several hours while police investigated the collision; as of 5:30 p.m., it was re-opened
Police have not issued any citations; the investigation is ongoing.
Council member Courtney Watson tweeted "Glad to have Scott Ruehl, one of our best high school principals, handling needs of students at #MtHebron. Prayers for all."
Ruehl said in a statement that the school's support team would be available to students on Friday. The full text of his statement follows:
Unfortunately, this afternoon one of our students leaving the school parking lot was in a car accident. There were several other students in the car as well as many witnesses. All of the parents of the students in the car have been notified. One of the students was taken to shock trauma and the other students were transported to the hospital. We will update you and the student body when we receive additional information on the status of the all the students.
Many of our students witnessed the accident and may be upset and concerned about the welfare of their fellow students. Please caution your children that they may hear rumors on social media that may not be accurate.
Our school support team will be available in the guidance office to assist students tomorrow morning when students arrive to school and throughout the day.