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3 hurt when car jumps over I-81 median

July 26, 1998

Rush-hour traffic on northbound Interstate 81 was backed up at least two miles on Friday afternoon after a southbound car with three people inside rolled through the median, landing on the northbound side.

"I can't believe we didn't have another accident northbound," said Maryland State Police Trooper First Class D. Bittinger.

A black car in the southbound slow lane veered into the passing lane to avoid a car merging onto the interstate from Showalter Road around 4:44 p.m., Bittinger said.

The driver of the black car didn't look to see if someone was in the passing lane, forcing Susan E. Warren, 43, of Gettysburg, to veer into the median to avoid a collision, Bittinger said.

Warren's red 1997 Chevy Cavalier rolled through the deeply inclined median strip before resting upright in the northbound lanes, he said.

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The car's front windshield was cracked and the hood was dented. Warren, her daughter, Tory, 21, and her son, Charles, 16, were wearing seat belts, Bittinger said.

All three were still being evaluated Friday night in the Washington County Hospital emergency room, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police said Warren was following her husband, who was driving a truck, on the way to a re-enactment this weekend.

Both northbound lanes were closed for 30 minutes before the passing lane was reopened, he said. The slow lane was reopened about 15 minutes later.

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