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Holiday weekend ends with heavy traffic, minor accidents

July 05, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

Traffic was heavy on local roads like Interstate 70 on Monday as people wrapped up their July 4 holiday weekend traveling, a Maryland State Police spokesman said.

Interstate 70 in Washington County was clogged with slow-moving traffic in both directions Monday afternoon.

There were accidents throughout the county, including on I-70, but the crashes were mostly minor due to the slow-moving traffic, state police Sgt. T.J. McKenrick said.

Traffic was flowing better on I-70 by 9:49 p.m., another state police spokesman said Monday night.

Other than the traffic congestion, authorities reported few problems due to holiday travel Monday.

Traffic was backed up in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the Md. 66 exit while emergency crews removed a vehicle that rolled over at about 12:05 p.m. Monday, a Maryland State Police dispatcher said.

Further details were not available Monday night.

At 3:46 p.m., a two-vehicle collision on northbound Interstate 81 near the Potomac River bridge was reported, according to a 911 dispatcher.

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The crash caused traffic backups in West Virginia, but there were no serious injuries, officials said.

Maryland State Police said previously that they would be increasing their patrols throughout the state over the holiday weekend to control drunken, aggressive and speeding drivers, according to a news release.

From Garrett County to Ocean City, Md., state police said they would be implementing traffic and criminal enforcement initiatives to reduce traffic fatalities.

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