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7-year-old boy critical, 8 others injured in multi-car crash in Columbia

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COLUMBIA, Md. (AP/WJLA) - Howard County police are investigating a five-car collision that injured eight people in Columbia.

Police say the crash occurred shortly before noon Saturday on Route 175 eastbound at Route 108.

Police say two people suffered life-threatening injuries and seven overall were taken to hospitals in the area.

Route 175 has re-opened, though only one lane was getting by Saturday afternoon and motorists were being warned of major traffic delays as police continue their investigation.

On Sunday, the Howard County Police issued the following information:

A total of eight patients were transported to area hospitals. Information on the victims and their conditions follows:

A 7-year-old boy, transported to John’s Hopkins Children Center, critical but stable condition;

Christopher Boone Buchanan, 40, of Odenton, transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma, stable condition;

Alessandra Almeida Rodrigues, 19, of Odenton, transported to Howard County General Hospital, stable condition;

Julian Douglas Hord, 39, of Blacksburg, S.C., University of Maryland Shock Trauma, stable condition;

Kevin George O’Connor, 60, of Columbia, Howard County General Hospital, stable condition;

Susan Fleming O’Connor, 59, of Columbia, Howard County General Hospital, stable condition;

Kristyn Bristol Loomis, 34, of Columbia, Howard County General Hospital, stable condition;

William Salatore Tarantino, 35, of Columbia,, Howard County General Hospital, stable condition; and

Joseph Robert Baker of Hanover, MD. He refused medical treatment and was not transported to the hospital.

Preliminary investigation indicates a medical emergency may have been the cause of the collision. The investigation is continuing.

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