NORTH EAST, Md. (WJZ)– Four people, including a 4-year-old, 9-year-old and 10-year-old were killed in a collision near North East Thursday night.
Cecil County Sheriff’s Department and family members confirmed the three siblings–Nolan, 4, Talen, 9, and Ciersten, 10–were killed. Their uncle, Anthony Shackelford, 34, of Stoney Chase Drive in Elkton was in the front passenger seat and died at the scene.
“They did nothing wrong. They were good people. And, like that, it’s gone,” family member Kelcie Stamper said. “We wish people would use this as a time to realize that, you know, life is short.“
Initial indication shows the 2005 Saturn, driven by the children’s grandmother, Mary Shackelford, 53, was traveling south in the 600 block of Mechanics Valley Road near North East around 9:36 p.m. when it lost control for an unknown reason. Mary Shackelford was flown to Shock Trauma and is in critical condition.
A 13-year-old boy, the children’s brother, was flown to A.I. DuPont Hospital in Delaware. He remains in critical condition.
“It affects everyone. We all have families. We all have regular lives beyond work. And, anybody who sees a scene like that, it’s hard to deal with it no matter what job you have,” Major George Stanko of the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office said.
The Saturn spun sideways where it was struck by the northbound pick-up truck.
Once on scene uniformed patrol deputies immediately began CPR on two juveniles.
The driver of the pick-up truck James T. Tobin, 24, of Ridge Road in Elkton was taken to Christiana Hospital in Delaware with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
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