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Easton Crash Sends 4 to Hospital

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EASTON, Md.– Easton police are investigating a Thursday morning crash that sent four people to the hospital Thursday morning.

Police said the accident occurred just after 7:30 a.m. on Ocean Gateway (Route 50) midway between Dutchmans Lane and the southern end of the Easton Bypass.

Authorities said the investigation is revealing that a 17-year old male of Glenelg, Md., was operating a BMW 750Li and traveling west on Ocean Gateway. According to police, the driver reported that he fell asleep and drove off the roadway into the median. Investigators said that during an attempt to retake control, the driver overcompensated, lost control and swerved into both westbound lanes before crossing the median and into the path of a Nissan Xterra.

Prior to the crash, police said the Nissan was traveling in the eastbound lane and occupied by the driver 51-year-old, Brigitte Elaine Heller, of Boonsboro, Md., and her 19-year-old daughter Brittany Heller. After the initial impact, the Nissan came to rest on its roof in a field. Emergency personnel needed to free the driver from the Nissan.

A Chrysler 300, operated by 36-year-old Matthew David Griffith of Easton, was also traveling along the eastbound lane. In an attempted to avoid the collision, he swerved off the roadway and came to rest in a field.

Heller was flown by Maryland State Police to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. She is listed in very critical condition. All the others involved in the crash were transported to the Memorial Hospital at Easton for treatment of unspecified minor injuries and examination.

Charges are pending until the conclusion of the investigation. Both directions remained closed until approximately 10:45 a.m. The eastbound lanes of Ocean Gateway remained closed until 1:45 p.m.

Police remained on the scene for a little more than six hours to complete the on-scene investigation. 

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