Kingsville Accident Hospitalizes Man, Shears Off Utility Pole

Southbound lanes of Belair Road remained closed past 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Nearly two and a half hours after a single-vehicle accident in Kingsville, southbound lanes of Belair Road near Mt. Vista Road remained closed. 

At about 7:07 a.m. on Saturday, a silver Honda Accord struck and "sheared off" a utility pole and turned on its side near the intersection of Belair Road and Mt. Vista Road, according to Cpl. John Wachter of the Baltimore County Police Department. 

The driver received serious but not life threatening injuries and was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital Center. The investigation, clean-up of the broken utility pole and closure of southbound lanes of Belair Road continued past 9:30 a.m., Wachter said. 

The cause of the accident has not yet been determined, he said.

Angela January 19, 2013 at 02:53 PM
I would like to know why there are soo many accidents at that intersection, and can the county do something about this issue???
LouAnn January 19, 2013 at 02:57 PM
People need to stop using belair road as an air strip! Slow down!
Honeygo Hal January 19, 2013 at 03:00 PM
...Ever since they put houses on the airstrip off Forge Rd. - they need somewhere to use. LOL
Rita Weber January 19, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Mount Vista and Belair Rds need to be fixed! It seems to have many accidents each week. There are also signs that say no right turns onto Belair, but I see many people still doing it. Mount Vista Rd. was closed Tuesday night approximately 8:30om. I had to turn around and take Sunshine to Stoney Batter just to get back home from CCD that night. I could have turned onto Mount Vista if the police cars did not block Mount Vista's entrance. The cars involved in that accident were sitting past the road and on Belair.
Jim Jones January 19, 2013 at 03:59 PM
I will preface by saying nobody knows yet why this collision occurred, BUT, in general, most are driver error. I have been involved with collision investigation for over 15yrs. Most collisions are the direct result of driver error. The majority of time it is speed related. There are many other factors that contribute as well. A driver making an unsafe lane change, a driver being fatigued, a driver not paying full attention to the road, and of course, a driver being under the influence. Belair Rd is a major route. What exactly do you want them to do to make it safer? You can't put speed humps on a major highway. There is already a traffic light there. People cry "they need to fix that road", but nobody offers how exactly that can be accomplished.
Kimberley Moran January 19, 2013 at 04:26 PM
I live off Sheradale which is right near Mt. Vista and saw the accident scene this morning on my way to work. All I can say is that car must had been really speeding that made it go airborne. The telephone pole that they took out was unbelivable. I also agree it is very dangerous around that intersection.
PersonWithInterest January 19, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Here is an offer. Let's start with: 1. Centerline rumble strips can be installed between the opposing lanes of traffic to curb head-on crashes. 2. Police routinely running radar to and ticketing the excessive speeders.
Jeanne January 19, 2013 at 08:30 PM
I drive Bel Air road in that area at least once a week and there are always people speeding. You have to be brave to do the speed limit, I just called myself brave :) When you do do the speed limit many times you are tailgated, honked at, at night people flash their brights at you, etc.... My attitude is if you want to speed go around me, I am driving the speed limit. Speeding up to make another driver happy is not worth the higher possibillity of being in an accident and someone getting hurt or worth getting a ticket. Also can we find a way to remind people if they want to talk on their cell phones to do it hands free so they can use their hands to control their car, if I have to talk to someone on my cell phone I have the phone on speaker so my hands are available. When they hang up the call is over, no need for me to do anything. They used to have speed traps by the Kingsville motel were the speed goes from 50 to 40 and pulled people over on a regular basis but they stopped. Can we all just be careful driving so no one gets hurt?
Big T. January 20, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Maybe as a part of the beautifiying Perry Hall we can get some LOW FLYING AIRCRAFT signs installed along this stretch of roadway.
shaler Johnson January 20, 2013 at 02:16 PM
I agree that the majority of accidents are speed related. I drive to and from Bel Air several times a week. People are always speeding along Bel Air road especially through Kingsville. They never SLOW down to even close to 40mph. Slow down, stop texting and talking on your phone and pay attention to that 2-1/2 ton vehicle that you are driving!
John Clarke January 20, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Only individuals that like an adrenaline rush periodicly would attempt to cross Belair road after they get the green light before they take a good second look in both directions before attempting it. They county could keep a fulltime patrol car at this intersection and it would pay for itself in a months time as too many drivers think that this stretch of Belair road is part of the Indianapolis speedway. Perhaps if they would raise the fines for individuals that receive a citation along this road to say between $500.00 and a $1000.00. it would help people to understand that speeding and reckless driving along this stretch will not be tolerated as it has caused way too many accidents to be ignored.
Dottie Cordwell January 20, 2013 at 06:31 PM
I live off of Mt Vista and this intersection has more accidents than any other place on Belair Rd. If you are waiting in the northbound turn lane waiting to turn left into Mt Vista, it feels like the oncoming traffic is closer than other intersections. Also people are speeding. As much as I hate speed cameras, maybe one on the southbound lanes before the intersection would save lives.
Ashley January 21, 2013 at 07:37 PM
I have to agree with that. I can't tell you how many times I've almost been hit by southbound Bel Air traffic while waiting to make a left onto Mt. Vista.


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