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Updated: Accident on Baltimore Avenue

March 3rd, 2020 by WCBC Radio

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On Monday March 2, 2020, a trooper from the Maryland State Police Cumberland Barrack was on duty in his marked police cruiser on westbound I-68 prior to Willowbrook Road when he observed a gray Infinity pass his location commit a traffic violation.  The trooper activated his audio and visual safety equipment and attempted to catch up to the vehicle to conduct a traffic stop.  The trooper observed the vehicle exit onto the Willowbrook Road exit and turned right on to Baltimore Avenue.  As the Trooper got off that exit he lost sight of the vehicle for a few seconds.  Upon cresting a hill on Baltimore Avenue, the Trooper observed the aforementioned Infinity traveling down Baltimore Avenue going the wrong way and striking another vehicle head on which caused the two vehicles behind the struck vehicle to rear end the vehicles in front of them.  The trooper called out the accident and called for EMS.  There were four males in the aforementioned Infinity (vehicle 1), one male occupant in the second vehicle (vehicle 2), a male and a female occupant in the third vehicle (vehicle 3) and one female in the fourth vehicle (vehicle 4).  Vehicle 1, 2 and 3 were disabled and all of their occupants were taken to University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (UPMC) for non-life threatening injuries.  Vehicle number four had minor cosmetic damage and the female occupant refused medical attention.  The driver of vehicle number one initially gave the trooper a fake name and was later found to be wanted on several warrants in several different states including Maryland.  Troopers currently have the driver of vehicle number one in custody at the UPMC and will be transporting him to the Allegany County Detention Center to await consultation with a District Court Commissioner.  


A head on collision that involved a vehicle that was initially involved in an unconfirmed police pursuit on Interstate 68 injured four people on Baltimore Avenue just before 3 PM Monday.

WCBC News went to the scene and observed the pictured wreckage that involved a total of three cars.  While a police report is still being formulated, it appears a vehicle crested the hill at Marion Street and then encountered a vehicle coming in the opposite direction.  Damage to a third vehicle indicates, perhaps, a head hitting a windshield caused by a sudden stop to avoid the initial collision.

Four ambulances responded to the scene to transport victims, and we were assured by eywitnesses that all of those involved were conscious as they were taken from the scene to UPMC Western Maryland. 

Cumberland Police, Fire & EMS responded, along with other regional ambulances.  Maryland State Police and Allegany County Sheriff's Deputies also responded to the scene. 

Pictures provided by WCBC's Paul Mullan.


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7 Responses to “Updated: Accident on Baltimore Avenue”

  1. March 02, 2020 at 4:33 pm, Kevin said:

    Maybe some words to go along with the pictures . . .


  2. March 02, 2020 at 6:29 pm, Martin Fornwalt said:

    It’s no wonder things like this happen! I watch, day after day, people running stop signs! Yield signs! Speeding! Cumberland needs to do more. That speed limit is a joke on the over head bridge on 68!


    • March 03, 2020 at 6:29 pm, Babbs said:

      >What I find even more concerning is “The driver of vehicle number one initially gave the trooper a fake name and was later found to be wanted on several warrants in several different states including Maryland.”
      How was the driver back out on the streets to, ultimately, harm other people in the first place? Things that make you go hmmmmmm!


  3. March 03, 2020 at 7:46 am, Ray said:



    • March 05, 2020 at 3:08 pm, Mark said:

      > That’s what i was wondering also


  4. March 03, 2020 at 4:14 pm, Geoff said:

    What is the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center? I’ve heard of the University of PITTSBURGH Medical Center.


    • March 03, 2020 at 4:17 pm, Jay said:

      It’s the local hospital. It was acquired by UPMC about a month ago.


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