CRUMPTON — Maryland State Police are investigating a serious, three-vehicle collision that injured three people Monday afternoon, Feb. 25.
A 2012 Kia Optima, driven by Brandi Lane, 34, of Chestertown, and a 2007 Ford F-150, driven by Brian Lester, 28, of Millington were traveling east on Maryland Route 544 prior to the Fourth Street/Pine Tree Road intersection at 2:49 p.m. when the Kia stopped at the intersection to turn left onto Fourth Street, and the Ford struck the rear of the Kia, pushing it forward and left into the westbound lane, police said. The Ford came to a stop in the intersection, blocking the eastbound lane.
A 2003 Dodge Neon, driven by William Gillin, 71, of Millington was traveling west on Maryland Route 544 prior to Fourth Street. As the Dodge entered the intersection, it struck the Kia on the passenger side, police said. The Kia was pushed back and came to a stop, remaining in the intersection. The Dodge continued off the road and into a drainage ditch.
Crumpton Volunteer Fire Department, Church Hill Volunteer Fire Department, Queen Anne’s Emergency Services, MSP Aviation and others responded. Gillin had to be extricated from his car.
Lane and Gillin were flown by MSP helicopter to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment of their injuries.
Gillin was in critical condition Wednesday night, according to a hospital spokesman. Lane was not listed on the Shock Trauma patient registry Tuesday, and police said they believed she had already been released.
Lester was taken by ambulance to Chester River Hospital in Chestertown, where he was treated and released, police said.
The investigation is continuing by the Maryland State Police Crash Team. The road was closed in all directions for about three and a half hours for investigation and cleanup. It reopened shortly before 6:30 p.m. Monday.