Five people were injured following a five-car accident Sunday night in Walkersville, including a Frederick man flown to a Baltimore hospital.
Maryland State Police and the State Highway Administration responded to the accident shortly before 8:15 p.m. near Stauffer Road and Md. 194, Maryland State Police TFC Steve Fitzgerald said. Seven people were involved in the accident, including five drivers.
The driver of a silver Isuzu Rodeo traveling south on Md. 194 first hit a white Honda, Fitzgerald said. When the driver of the Honda turned off the road, the Rodeo rear ended a red Kia Sportage, causing that car to hit the vehicle in front of it, a silver Honda Accord. A black Honda CR-V was also hit by the Rodeo.
The man driving the Rodeo, identified in a state police release as Ephen Abeba of Frederick, was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Officials on scene did not know the extent of the person’s injuries. State police Cpl. Dave Most also declined to comment on the nature of Abeba’s injuries.
Four people were taken by ambulance to Frederick Memorial Hospital, identified in the release as: Barbara Pearl, 65, of Walkersville; Jeffery Wisner, 49, of Keymar; Theresa Wisner, 48, of Keymar; and Janet Raibourn, 61, of Frederick. State Trooper Cory Mills described their injuries as moderate, but non-life- threatening.
The occupants of two of the Hondas, two drivers and a passenger, were still at the scene, but declined to comment on what happened.
A portion of Md. 194 south of Stauffer Road was shut down to allow the helicopter to land and police to clear the scene. The road reopened by 9:30 p.m.
Fitzgerald said he did not know if alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident, or any other suspected causes. The accident remains under investigation by state police.
Walkersville Volunteer Rescue, United Steam Fire Engine Co., Independent Hose Co. and Junior Fire Co. also responded to the accident.