- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A 43-year-old Huntingtown woman is reportedly still in critical condition after the vehicle she was driving Wednesday morning hit an 80-foot utility pole, which fell into the roadway on Route 4 near Mt. Harmony Road.
At about 9 a.m. Wednesday, Robin Renee Childress was driving a Ford Mustang north on Route 4 when she hit a Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative galvanized steel pole, causing it to fall onto Route 4.
Childress was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore, where as of press time Thursday she remained in critical condition, said Capt. Steve Jones of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office.
The road was shut down initially for about an hour as law enforcement officials and SMECO crews worked to clear the scene and make it safe for travel. Route 4 was then reopened but then shut down again for several hours starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday as SMECO crews began repair work on the pole. SMECO spokesman Tom Dennison said crews worked throughout the night to complete the repairs, and the road was reopened at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
Dennison said there were no power outages during the replacement work, “which is a really admirable and big accomplishment for us, and a testament to the skill that our crews and our operations staff exhibit.”