Terrible, terrible accident closes Bel Air bypass about two hours ago


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    Looks like two people were killed and several others were hurt in an accident just now on the Bel Air bypass. There were two head-collisions involved in the accident between Vale Road and Route 24 after 5 p.m. A minivan carrying children was involved. I’m getting choked up writing this because it was so close to my neighborhood I’m think it might involve someone I know. I got this news via The Baltimore Sun’s Twitter feed, which includes a link to this WJZ video of the accident.

    Update from WJZ’s 11 p.m. report & The Baltimore Sun:
    The Bel Air bypass was still closed as of 11 p.m. after the earlier three car crash that killed a woman and one child in a minivan traveling northbound on the bypass between Vale Road and Route 24. According to the report, a southbound Jeep Cherokee driven by Christopher Lentz, 37, of Glen Arm crossed the center lane and hit the Saturn Relay minivan carrying two adults and two small children head on. The surviving child was transported to Johns Hopkins and the injured adult in the minivan and the Jeep driver were taken to Shock Trauma. Brian Kearchner, 36, of Delta, Pa., was the driver of a Ford work van that was hit by the minivan when the minivan spun out of control. He was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was listed in good condition Friday night. The reason why the Jeep, which had been traveling on the shoulder of the road, crossed the centerline hadn’t been determined.