Park Hall, MD- At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019, the Bay District Fire Department and St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle crash involving a vehicle into a structure at the Green Door Tavern in Park Hall, MD.
Units arrived to find a vehicle almost halfway through a road facing the wall. at that time the St. Mary’s County shut down all traffic and closed the roadway on Route 5 in the general vicinity. The road remained closed for approximately another ninety minutes.
Witnesses at the scene describe hearing squealing tires and then the vehicle making a 90 degree turn into the building. One witness says the driver was traveling at an extreme rate of speed prior to the crash.
Once units removed the driver from the vehicle; witnesses described the scene chaotic and the driver as combative. After some time the driver was handcuffed to the gurney to be taken to the waiting ambulance and transported. The driver was eventually taken by MEDEVAC to an area hospital.
The evening was just getting started, as the bands- The Route 4 Band & Young Swains were set to play. Billy Sprouse, drummer for The Route 4 band, live-streamed most of the after-event. While the bands were sharing most of the equipment, Sprouse had his drum set off to the side near an ATM. The car came through the wall roughly a foot away from his stuff.
Three patrons inside the bar were injured from debris flying, one a member of a band. All signed transport refusals, but the band member ended up going to the hospital later in the evening according to his Facebook.
Images and videos were taken by people at the scene and show the driver’s vehicle to have open containers of beer and liquor. When patrons attempted to help before EMS arrived, they saw the driver was in and out of consciousness.
The Southern Maryland Chronicle has reached out to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Office and is awaiting more details on the incident.
The Green Door Tavern has posted on their Facebook page that they are closed until further notice.
This is a developing story.
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