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Woman dies in Elkton crash after being struck by driver having "medical emergency"

Posted at 1:35 PM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-14 09:27:43-04

ELKTON, Md. — A woman died from injuries suffered when her car was propelled into a parked dump truck after being struck by another woman having a “medical emergency” Friday in Elkton, Maryland State Police said.

Troopers responded to eastbound Pulaski Highway, just before Old Elk Neck Road, for a reported three-vehicle crash at about 1 p.m. May 10.

Early investigation shows a 2007 Toyota Camry driven by 26-year-old Madeline Clifton, of North East, “suffered an apparent medical emergency while approaching the construction zone on Pulaski Highway,” State Police said. Clifton drove into the closed right lane, then swerved back into the left lane, where she struck a 2011 Nissan Sentra, driven by 35-year-old Kristin Griffen, also of North East. Griffen’s car was then propelled into the closed right lane, where it struck a parked 2017 Peterbilt dump truck, driven by 35-year-old Eric Mackie, of Elkton.

Griffen was flown by medevac to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma center in Baltimore, where she succumbed to her injuries on Sunday, May 12. Clifton declined medical assistance at the scene. Mackie was uninjured.

The crashed closed the road for about two hours Friday as police investigated with the assistance of Cecil County Fire Police and the State Highway Administration.

The State Police CRASH team is investigating the collision. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision should contact Maryland State Police North East Barrack at 410-996-7800. When the investigation is complete, the findings will be turned over to the Cecil County State’s Attorney’s Office for review for the possibility of charges.