Fallston Accident Kills Essex, Bel Air Men

Police say the driver of a Harford County Public Schools vehicle was at fault.

claimed the lives of two men Tuesday morning and closed a portion of MD Route 152 to traffic most of the day.

Police say the accident happened when a utility vehicle crossed the double yellow line on MD Route 152 in the area of Reckord Road, according to , public information officer with the .

The county vehicle, driven by 59-year-old Donald Jones of Bel Air, hit a GMC Terrain head-on and a Jeep, driven by 51-year-old Mike Euler of Fallston hit the GMC from behind, according to Worrell.

The driver of the GMC, 46-year-old Ronald W. Buchholz of Essex, was pronounced dead at the scene, Worrell said. Jones died later that day.

David Walter, Sr., age 36, of Bel Air was a passenger in the public schools work vehicle at the time of the crash. Walter was taken by Joppa Magnolia ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Maryland for treatment where he remained in stable condition late Tuesday afternoon.

Euler was taken by medevac helicopter to shock trauma. He remained in stable condition there Tuesday afternoon.

, spokesman for Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association, confirmed both deaths late Tuesday morning.

Maryland State Police and Monica Worrell, public information officer with the confirmed only the first death before 11 a.m. Worrell confirmed the second later in the afternoon.

The accident took place around 10:05 a.m. and MD Route 152, or Mountain Road, remained closed to traffic between US Route 1 and Singer Road until almost 4 p.m.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, Worrell said.

Stick with Patch for updates.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story mistakenly stated which individual died at the scene. The article has been updated to reflect the correct information.

amdactivist May 09, 2012 at 12:24 AM
too many accidents involving all. Phones/text messaging and distractions cause most of it. They all need banning..
Leslie Driver May 09, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Mountain Road is very dangerous and people travel way to fast on it.
Nicole Johnson May 09, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Its really sad how quickly people jump to conclusions. Im am extremely close to this family of the gentleman who crossed the center line. They are pretty certain a medical emergency caused the crash. Think twice before posting accusations and consider those who are suffering this evening.
Erinn May 09, 2012 at 01:38 AM
so sad! no matter what the cause was, there are still 2 people gone from their families. too soon :( My prayers are with the families of all involved.
Jan Biondo May 09, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Well said Nicole and I am so sorry for your loss and for the families of both victims who died. Every time there's an accident people chime in with "slow down people. Stop using cell phones people" and they know nothing about the circumstances. When I just read the report above it occurred to me that it was most likely a medical emergency to cause this to happen although I, of course, also do not know for sure. All the victims, their families and friends, and the emergency workers are in my prayers.
foresthill77 May 09, 2012 at 01:57 AM
I agree, this happens too often that people think they know the cause and get on their soapbox. There are many reasons for accidents, don't assume you know the cause. It's insensitive to all involved. My heart goes out to the families of all involved, regardless of the cause of the accident.
Terry May 09, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Nicole, is this the same Donald Jones that worked for the Harford COunty Health Department years ago?
Amber May 09, 2012 at 02:09 AM
I agree about all these posts of how dangerous the roads are, and accusations of speeding and texting. The driver crossed the center line for unknown reasons. Is a horrible tragedy and my heart goes out to all involved. My husband knew the county employees involved, and knew the driver very well. I wish people would stop jumping to conclusions before the truth is actually found. Is disrespectful to those who past and their families. Driving is dangerous regardless of where you are. Anything can happen. My thoughts and prayers to the families who lost their love ones. So many tragedies happened this week. Is so sad.
Ursula Dodson May 09, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Prayers gonout to all families involved. Heart breakimg for everyone
VJT May 09, 2012 at 02:20 AM
You have no idea what happened here...The man might have had a heart attack for all you know.
Red Dolphin May 09, 2012 at 02:31 AM
its not always from cellp hone use ( esp texting) but let;s Look at the stats......... it still remains a problem,,,,,,,,,,, not right to assume its the case every time granted
Andrew May 09, 2012 at 03:50 AM
10 years as a trooper and I responded to thousands of accidents and not 1 was due to phone use!!! Most were flowing too close, speeding, switching lanes, not paying attention, fallong asleep, messing with car stereos, and a few medical conditions and DUI..... Not 1 accident I handled or assisted with had a cell phone even in use let alone as the cause of being distracted!!!! Stop driving fast, keep a safe distance and most important pay attention!!!!!!
Dana May 09, 2012 at 05:02 AM
so sad..........I was just a few cars behind the accident when it happened......scary to think it could have been me..........you just never know what can happen. Prayers going out to all the families
Johnny Yuma May 09, 2012 at 09:46 AM
You are on point VJT.
Angel May 09, 2012 at 10:12 AM
My co workers husband worked with these men in the public school vehicle and from information they are getting they believe it was a medical condition or heart attack that may have caused him to go into other lanes. Not everyone texts and drives and not every accident is caused by texting.
Mr. Wiggle Worth May 09, 2012 at 12:23 PM
When were you a State Trooper 1960 to 1970?
Doug Wood May 09, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Roads are not dangerous...the drivers that navigate on them are...I am sick to death of accidents being blamed on roads. The road is just there, people simply operate their vehicles poorly when traffic is heavy!! My thoughts and prayers to all involved here!!!
Andrew May 09, 2012 at 12:43 PM
To answer the question I was a trooper till 3 years ago when I was in my 5th car accident where I was the victim! And in all 5 cases the other drivers struck my patrol car for no reason other than not paying attention!!! In 10 years and since ive retired i saw numerous pedestrians using phones walk into traffic and get injured and killed.... And as a citizen I have yet to watch the local or national news and see reports of accidents involving phones just people asking for the laws? And now with laws people are distracted playing with phone speakers, headphones, blu tooth and other hands free gadgets and those are a distraction and will cause accidents!!!! Thanks for your question hope this helped!!!
Mr. Wiggle Worth May 09, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Hope you are enjoying your retirement. I am sure everyone on the force are happy you are not yelling at them anymore. I bet the paint is worn off your number 1 key and shift key with all those exclamation marks.
Robin Perkins May 09, 2012 at 02:30 PM
My husband was a very close friend with Ronnie Buchholz. Our prayers go out to his family, especially his children. And, I'm wondering if this report is accurate. Other reports indicated that he was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the school utility truck was transported and later died. They said it took them several hours to get Ronnie's body out of the vehicle. Please, everyone, use this as an eye opener, make sure you are focused on the road while driving. Make other matters secondary. P
Amber May 10, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Was meant to say I disagree...
Go O's May 10, 2012 at 02:57 AM
My condolences go out to all families involved. While I hope this wasn't a distracted driving incident, here's a little experiment for everyone to try. The next time you are the first car sitting at a red light, watch the drivers passing by in front of you. I drive for a living and do this all the time. It sometimes becomes comical as more people than not will be on the phone, texting, etc. It also seems to occur more frequently during times when you should be paying the most attention, i.e. downtown, during rush hour, school zones. My favorite is when someone is driving with ear buds in their ears. Those work great for listening to music and blocking out other sounds, like horns, emergency sirens and screeching tires. I saw a driver this morning on the phone with her right hand and holding her check register and pen and steering wheel in her left hand, while driving on rt.40 in rosedale at 8:15 am. Common sense is surely a thing of the past.
truth teller May 11, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Here is what I do not understand, If the family is so certain that this guys crossing the line that killed an innocent man with children was a medical reason. why the hell was he diving a truck in the 1st place? The police investigation has not been completed yet. This has been upsetting me very much.
Really... May 11, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Are you serious? Not that it is confirmed but if it was a medical event that caused the accident do you really think he knew it was going to happen. Do you really believe people know when they are going to have a heart attack, stroke, or seizure?
Ashley May 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM
^ Totally correct. You can't predict a heart attack or seizure or stroke. My boyfriends father had a diabetic seizure on 24 in front of the Bob Evens a few years ago. Caused a 4 car accident because of it. Luckily no one was seriously injured, but it could have gone very differently. These things happen and sometimes there isn't any signs that it's going to happen. That's why they're called accidents.
Ashley May 11, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I take 40 to work every morning, some of the things people do while driving is downright scary. A guy passed me this morning doing about 70 all over his lane, slightly crossing into others, because he was busy reading a newspaper and drinking a coffee.


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