by Lisa Tome
Heavy fog was the contributing factor in four motor vehicle accidents in a two hour time span on Friday morning, February 21 in Rising Sun.
The crashes, all in and around the Harrisville traffic circle, sent three people to the hospital and netted an impaired driver for police. Another driver was cited for driving with a suspended and revoked license.
Police and firefighters were called to the first crash about 9:40 a.m.
In that crash, both drivers were taken to hospitals. TFC James Davis reported that Charles Jackson, 69, of Rising Sun was driving a Ford Explorer northbound on Tome Highway when he struck a Jeep Cherokee driven by Anthony Ivie, 35, of Perryville. Jackson was cited for failure to yield the right-of-way. Ivie was charged for driving with a suspended and revoked driver's license.
At 10:54 a.m., at Tome Highway and the traffic circle, Janet Graves, 56, of Port Deposit, was taken to Harford Memorial Hospital. Graves' Mercury Sable struck a tractor trailer driven by William Stephen Russell, Jr., of Cochranville, Pa., 58, It was determined that Graves was at fault.
The next accident, which occurred at about the same time as the one involving Graves, did not require a police investigation. Chris Tserkes was driving a Dodge Dakota truck which was struck by a small car at the traffic circle.
"I can't believe they sent kids to school today," said Tserkes. He and the driver who struck his vehicle exchanged insurance information.
The fourth crash was reported about 11:38 a.m. It also netted TFC Davis an impaired driver. Robin Nohe, 33, of Pasadena, was driving northbound on Tome Highway when her 1997 Cadillac struck a 2013 Mercedes Benz from behind. The Mercedes was driven by Gary Thompson, Jr., 49, of Conowingo. Nohe was issued field sobriety tests and was cited for Driving Under the Influence of controlled dangerous substance. She was also cited for reckless driving, negligent driving, and failure to control speed to avoid a crash.
Community Fire Company of Rising Sun assistant chief John Bowser said the fog conditions were "unusual". "The big issue was traffic control," said Bowser. Fire engines were used to block roads. Bowser said he was happy with the fire company response to the unusual circumstance of four accidents in an hour.
Sand trucks from State Highway put sand down in the circle in an effort to contain fuel spills. Road crews also closed Tome Highway from Route 1 to Thruway Drive for a time until the heavy fog lifted. Rising Sun Police, county medics, and Cecil Sheriff's Deputies also worked at the scene.
"People should just slow down in the fog," said TFC Davis.