Three people hurt in chain-reaction crashes on eastbound I-70

August 30, 2011|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • A sedan and a pickup truck involved in a multivehicle crash on Interstate 70 in eastern Washington County on Tuesday are parked in the left lane of the highway.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

SMITHSBURG — Three people were injured in two accidents involving five vehicles on I-70 eastbound about three miles east of the Mapleville Road (Md. 66) exit (Exit 35) near Smithsburg on Tuesday, Trooper James Bowers of the Maryland State Police said.

The accident happened when the front of a Ford 150 pickup truck in the far left lane collided with the back of a Ford Escape SUV, Bowers said. The Escape then collided with the back of a Toyota Solara, which then crashed into the rear of another vehicle, according to Bowers.

After that collision, a Volvo struck the back of the Ford 150 in a second accident, Bowers said. Police weren't sure how much time elapsed between those collisions.

The driver of the Volvo was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, and the drivers of the Ford 150 and the Escape were taken to Meritus Medical Center, Bowers said.

Maryland State Police responded to the accident at 11:49 a.m. and reduced the interstate to one lane at 11:55 a.m. The interstate was shut down completely at times so all the vehicles could be moved to the right shoulder.

The interstate completely reopened around 12:30 p.m. except for the right lane, which was already closed  for road work.

The Volvo, the Escape and the Ford 150 all had to be towed away.

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