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Six people injured in accident on I-70

April 09, 2005

CLEAR SPRING - Six people were injured in a one-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on Interstate 70 near Clear Spring, and two of the injured were flown by helicopters to hospitals, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

Police said the accident happened just after 1 p.m. on I-70, east of the Saint Paul Road bridge.

A 2000 Pontiac Montana minivan went off the road and onto the right side of the interstate, struck an embankment and overturned at least two times, police said.

An adult male and a juvenile female were ejected from the van and flown to hospitals by state police helicopters, police said.

The child was flown to Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C., and the adult was flown to the Washington County Hospital trauma center, police said.

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That adult later was transferred to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said.

The female driver of the van was trapped by the steering wheel and had to be extricated by rescue crews, police said.

Another adult male and two young children, approximately 2 years old, were taken to Washington County Hospital by ambulance, police said.

Police said they were trying to identify the occupants of the van, which was rented in Troy, Mich. No other information was available.

All traffic on eastbound I-70 was blocked and later detoured onto Md. 68 at Clear Spring until 2:15 p.m., police said. At that time, the left lane reopened. The right lane reopened at 2:50 p.m.

Clear Spring and Williamsport fire and rescue crews responded to the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the accident may call Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class J.W. Eichelberger at 301-739-2101.

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