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Woman arrested after three crashes

June 11, 2009

FREDERICK, Md. -- A woman was arrested Thursday after the car she was driving traveled the wrong way on U.S. 15 and Interstate 270 for seven miles, causing three car crashes, according to a Maryland State Police press release.

Amanda Tyerar, 21, of Gaithersburg, Md., was charged with DUI, troopers said.

The incident started Thursday at 1:54 a.m. when state police received multiple calls from residents about a Volvo S40 going the wrong way on U.S. 15 near Patrick Street, troopers said.

At the intersection of U.S. 15 and Patrick Street, a passing car going in the right direction was forced off the road by the Volvo, causing the second vehicle to strike a tractor-trailer, troopers said.

The Volvo began traveling south in the northbound lanes of I-270 and dozens of people, including an off-duty Gaithersburg police officer, called authorities after almost being struck by the driver or watching the vehicle travel in the wrong direction, troopers said.

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The second accident occurred when the Volvo almost struck another vehicle head-on on I-270 near Baker Valley Road, troopers said. The vehicle nearly was struck head-on, went up an embankment and rolled over, causing the driver to be taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries, troopers said.

The last accident occurred when the Volvo sideswiped another vehicle near Md. 80, causing both cars to become disabled, troopers said.

I-270 was closed for a short time because of an investigation into the incident, troopers said.

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