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Ten injured in two accidents on I-70

August 22, 2010

FREDERICK, Md. -- Ten people were taken to area hospitals, several of whom had life-threatening injuries, after two accidents on eastbound Interstate 70 early Sunday in Frederick County, according to Maryland State Police.

Police were not releasing the names of those injured because family members were still being notified, state police said around 10:15 a.m. Sunday.

The eastbound lanes of I-70 were shut down for about seven hours in the affected areas, which were near New Market, Md., and Myersville, Md., state police said.

Around 2 a.m. Sunday, the 911 center received numerous calls about a passenger vehicle going the wrong way on eastbound I-70, according to a state police news release. Soon after, a collision was reported in the eastbound lanes, east of Mussetter Road in the New Market area.

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A Volkswagen Jetta collided with a Nissan Altima, police said. At least five other vehicles struck the debris from the collision and were disabled, police said.

Six people were taken to area hospitals, police said.

Two of those people were flown by state police helicopters to University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with suspected life-threatening injuries, police said.

Investigators were reconstructing the collision to figure out which vehicle was going the wrong way and what other factors could have caused the accident, police said.

Traffic from this accident was rerouted onto Md. 144, police said.

The second accident was reported around 2:19 a.m., with calls about a vehicle collision with people ejected along eastbound I-70 before Mount Tabor Road, police said. Mount Tabor Road is west of Myersville.

A Honda Civic was heading east on I-70 and went off the road and overturned for unknown reasons, ejecting two rear passengers, police said. Four people were taken to Washington County Hospital, police said.

Investigators also were reconstructing that accident scene.

The injuries appeared life-threatening, police said.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office and the State Highway Administration helped shut down the interstate and direct traffic.

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