Troopers: Fatal Head-On Collision Leaves One Dead, Three Seriously Injured

North East, Md. – On November 14, 2018, just before 3:15 PM, troopers from the Maryland State Police’s North East Barrack responded to Joseph Biggs Memorial Highway (MD 274) east of Kirks Mill Lane in North East, Cecil County for a two-vehicle collision.

When troopers and Cecil County Emergency Services arrived they came upon a blue 2013 Nissan Sentra, which had been operated by a 23-year-old Elkton woman, that had struck a white 2016 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Betty Murray, 66, of Rising Sun, according to police. The preliminary investigation determined the Nissan was initially traveling eastbound on Joseph Biggs Memorial Highway when it attempted to pass another vehicle in front of it traveling in the same direction. The Nissan crossed into the westbound lane during the attempted pass, where it struck the Chevrolet traveling westbound head-on.

The 23-year-old was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore by a Maryland State Police Aviation medevac. A 17-year-old juvenile passenger from the Nissan was flown to Christiana Hospital in Delaware, and a second passenger, a 27-year-old man of Rising Sun was transported by EMS to Christiana Hospital as well. Betty Murray was transported to Union Hospital in Elkton, however, she succumbed to her injuries and was declared dead shortly after arriving.

The Maryland State Police CRASH team responded to the scene for the investigation, and the State Highway Administration assisted with the road closure which lasted approximately four (4) hours.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact the North East Barrack reference case number 18-MSP-049435.

Charges may be pending after the entire investigation is completed and consultation with the Cecil County State’s Attorney’s Office, according to police.

Breaking Report

North East – At around 3:30 this afternoon rescue crews from the North East Fire Company, along with crews from across Cecil County responded to the 2600 block of Biggs Highway for reports of a motor vehicle accident with entrapment.

Upon arrival, crews reported three patients trapped. Command immediately requested multiple helicopters and at least four ambulances.

Trooper 4 (Delaware State Police Aviation) transported at least one patient to the trauma center at Christina Hospital in Stanton, Delaware.

Trooper 1 and Trooper 6  (Maryland State Police Aviation) left the scene at around the same time as Trooper 4. It’s unknown if either of those helicopters transported any patients.

Not much is know about the patient’s injuries at this time.

The roadway is expected to be shut down for several hours.


Correction: An earlier version of this article said the accident was in Rising Sun.  The accident occurred in North East south of Rising Sun.

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