Multi-Vehicle Crash Under Investigation In Carroll County

Five people were taken to the hospital.

Westminster, Md (KM) State Police in Carroll County are investigating a multi-vehicle crash early Friday morning. One of the vehicles was a horse and buggy.

Shortly before 12:30 AM, troopers responded to Route 97 at Route 496 north of Westminster. Their preliminary investigation determined that a KIA Forte was traveling south along Route 97 when it struck the rear of the buggy. It then struck a Ford F-150 truck and Chevrolet SUV. Authorities say the buggy, the Ford and Chevy were stropped along the side of the road because of a closure due to an unrelated crash investigation in the area.

Five people including three children who were in the buggy were transported to the hospital. One of them was a five-yea-old boy who was flown by State Police helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The operator of KIA, identified as Maura Onksy, 23, of Manchester, Md., was processed at the Westminster Barrack for suspicion of driving under the influence and taken to the hospital.

State Police say A passenger in the KIA, the lone occupant of the Ford F150 and four people in the Chevrolet SUV refused treatment.

Troopers from the Westminster Barrack were assisted by Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputies. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration also responded to the scene. The Roads in that area were shut down for four hours.

The Maryland State Police Crash Team is conducting this investigation, and will be consulting with the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office regarding charges when the investigation into this crash is completed.

By Kevin McManus