The driver of a Nissan Xterra drove off German Hill Road in Dundalk early Friday morning, crashing through a gate at St. Andrew's Cemetery and was impaled by a fence post, Baltimore County police said.
The driver, whose name and age has not been released, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with serious injuries, but survived the accident, which occurred around 1:30 a.m., according to county police.
"The driver, going eastbound on German Hill Road, failed to negotiate a bend in the road near Fulbrook Road, striking a road sign, [the cemetery gate], and a utility pole guide wire," said Susan Hunt, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman. "The driver was impaled by a fence and taken by medevac to Shock Trauma."
No other information about the driver's condition or the cause of the accident is available at this time, Hunt said.
Residents in the German Hill Road area described the long bend in the road where the accident took place as the site of numerous accidents.
"It's a small little turn, but there's always been accidents on the road there," said Christine Covacevich, 33, who lost power at her home after the crash. "I've been in an accident myself on this road."
The stretch of road near St. Andrew's Cemetery and nearby Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery, further west, is also known for speeding drivers, and Baltimore County police officers often set up in the area to catch the offenders.
"It's kind of dark here at night," said Howard Thomas, 38. "That's about the third time that I've seen that gate go down."
Numerous residents across the street from the accident lost power, but BGE had most homes' power restored by sunrise.
Patch will update the story as more information becomes available.