Lothian Crash Leaves Man, 35, With Life-Threatening Injuries; Thursday Afternoon Storms Cause Major Traffic Delays
A line of storms that will bring cooler, dryer air into the area, caused major headaches for commuters and emergency crews on Thursday afternoon and evening. In Lothian, a man was seriously injured in the 1100 block of Mt. Zion Marlboro Road around 9 p.m. The accident occurred between Boone’s Drive and Sam Smith Lane (see map, below).
Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Division Chief Keith Swindle said that the call came in around 8:40 p.m. for a person entrapped in a vehicle after a crash. The man, 35, was extracted by emergency crews and flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to Prince George’s Trauma Center with life-threatening injuries. No other vehicles were involved.
An accident in that same stretch of road, between Boone’s Drive and Sollers Road, on September 5 also required a helicopter fly-out. That incident closed the road in both directions during the evening rush hour.
The evening storms originally threatened to roll into South County around 2:30, but the weather service extended the weather alert to 3:15 p.m. with a few drops and a lot of thunder but not the promised deluge.
At 4 p.m., a school bus crash on Central Avenue at Stepneys Lane sent four students to Anne Arundel Medical Center for evaluation of minor injuries, Swindle said.
A second wave of storms with strong winds, heavy rain and lightning strikes hit right as the evening rush hour was in full swing. Crashes, fender-benders and careful drivers slowed the pace of traffic on all roads in Anne Arundel County, from Routes 50 and I-97 to the smallest winding country roads in our area.
Baltimore Washington Airport in Linthicum closed after five lightning strikes hit the airfield, including the tower. A person in the Air Traffic Control tower was injured, according to meteorologist Justin Berk. The victim will be OK, Berk reported on his Facebook page.
The aftermath of all of that is that a great autumn-like weekend is on the way. Berk said to expect “sunny to partly cloudy afternoons highs in the 70s this weekend. Sunday will be the cooler of the two days.”
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