Eastern Shore Crashes Kill One, Send Others To Shock Trauma

A 63-year-old Centreville man is in the intensive care unit at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury after a car accident last weekend in Trappe. Maryland State Police had Paul Gerald Patterson flown to the trauma center after his 2006 Chrysler 300 landed in a ditch on U.S. Route 50 near Kennedy Road. Police said the Chrysler traveled to the right side of the road for an unknown reason and hit a Delmarva Power pole and a culvert before it overturned in a ditch. Patterson remained in stable condition Sunday in the ICU.

An accident the previous day left a 14-year-old dead and a 15-year-old in critical condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Maryland State Police said Joshua Lankford, 21, of Seaford, DE lost control of his 2005 Honda Accord traveling east on Laurel Grove Road near Pepper Road. The car rotated out of control, hit a utility pole and then struck a chicken house, police said. The Honda went airborne for about 30 feet and threw Tromayne Robinson, 14 and Ricardo Hutcheson, 15, both of Federalsburg, from the car. Robinson and Hutcheson were flown to local hospitals, but transferred to the Baltimore trauma center, where Robinson later died. Hutcheson remains in critical condition, a hospital spokesman. Neither Robinson nor Hutcheson wore a seatbelt during the crash, police said. Lankford was treated and released at Peninsula Regional. Tyrelle Beulah, 22, of Federalsburg, the front-seat passenger, was treated and released at the Memorial Hospital at Easton.

Students on a Caroline County school bus became trapped when the driver could not stop to avoid power lines downed when the Honda hit the pole. The bus driver kept the students on the bus until utility crews freed it. No students sustained injuries from the incident. The downed lines caused a brief power outage in Federalsburg, a Choptank Electric spokesman said.

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