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Heavy traffic contributes to I-70 crashes

October 11, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

CLEAR SPRING, Md. - Heavy traffic volume on eastbound Interstate 70 contributed to several vehicle collisions Sunday, Maryland State Police said.

Police said the first incident was reported on I-70, just east of Md. 68, when a driver lost control of a vehicle and drove off the road. No injuries were reported, police said.

About one hour later, an unmarked Washington County Sheriff's Department vehicle, being driven by Investigator Ryan Shifflet, was involved in a minor two-vehicle collision, sheriff's department Cpl. Chris Howard said. He said no injuries were reported.

About 5 p.m., two other crashes were reported within about one mile of one another, police said. A single-vehicle crash at the 17-mile marker resulted in property damage, but no injuries. However, a nine vehicle, "chain-reaction-type" crash occurred, leaving two people with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said. They were taken to Washington County Hospital, said Maryland State Police Cpl. Douglas Lowery.

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"It was a normal Sunday. Everyone was following right behind everyone else," said Lowery. "One person slams on their brakes and everyone else piles into one another."

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