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Woman suffers severe injury in Berlin crash

By Greg Ellison

(July 1, 2021) Berlin Police are investigating a collision between a pickup truck and a parked car Sunday evening on Route 50 near Friendship Road that left two men with non-life threatening injuries, with a woman who was hit while outside the vehicle severely hurt and flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

Police Chief Arnold Downing said a family of five from Newark had pulled over on the side of Route 50 around 5:30 p.m.

While three children waited in the back seat, the woman exited the car to remove items from the trunk.

Downing said at the same time a pickup truck driven by a Berlin resident entered Route 50 from Friendship Road and while accelerating struck the back of the car and the female victim.

Downing said both the man driving the pickup and the man behind the wheel of the parked car were injured and transported to TidalHealth Peninsula Regional in Salisbury.

Both men were released in brief order.

By contrast, the woman struck by the pickup was left in grave condition and was immediately flown to Shock Trauma.

“She had surgery that evening and the next day,” he said. “Her condition was serious but stable.”

Downing said in addition to Berlin Police and fire/ EMS responders, also assisting at the accident scene Sunday were EMS units from Ocean Pines and Showell, while Maryland State Police conducted traffic control.

Worcester County is assisting with the ongoing accident investigation.

“Reconstruction is happening as we speak,” he said.

Further details and any potential charges are pending until after the investigation is completed.