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Accident closes westbound lanes of I-70

November 29, 2009

HANCOCK -- The westbound lanes of Interstate 70 west of Hancock were closed Sunday for 90 minutes after a three-car collision, according to Maryland State Police.

A westbound 2000 Dodge Caravan driven by Scott A. Thomas, 44, of North Canton, Ohio, struck a 2007 Audi at about 3:23 p.m., according to a news release. Heavy traffic had caused cars to come to a stop on the interstate at the 1.5-mile marker -- east of U.S. 522 -- when the Caravan hit the Audi, driven by Andrew S. Cray, 23, of Chippewa Falls, Wis., police said. The Audi was pushed into a 1999 Ford E-150, which was being driven by Mitchell B. Gerhart, 70, of Hagerstown, according to the release.

Thomas, the only person hospitalized, was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, according to the release.

Traffic was unusually heavy following the Thanksgiving holiday, said Trooper Ryan Shaffer.

Shaffer said the westbound lanes of the interstate were closed for 1 1/2 hours after the crash and traffic was backed up for about 15 miles. About 10 other collisions occurred on I-70, Interstate 68 and U.S. 522 as a result of the traffic backup, Shaffer said.

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