Three unrelated accidents create traffic backups on I-70 in eastern Washington County

October 19, 2011
  • A Ford Explorer lies on its side in the median of Interstate 70 on South Mountain after the U-Haul truck carrying it overturned Wednesday morning.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

WASHINGTON COUNTY — Three unrelated accidents involving vehicle rollovers on Interstate 70 east of Md. 66 backed up traffic for miles Wednesday morning stretching in two counties.

Maryland State Police said nobody was seriously injured in any of the crashes.

A pickup truck towing a trailer overturned in the right lane of westbound I-70 about a mile east of Exit 35 at about 10:40 a.m., according to Maryland State Police.

The rear of the trailer was ripped open, and debris was spilled on the roadway, police said.

Six minutes later and three miles to the east, a U-Haul truck pulling a trailer carrying a Ford Explorer, also on westbound I-70, overturned into the median on South Mountain, police said. The left lane of the highway was closed at that location.

The closed lanes were reopened to traffic shortly before 1 p.m., police said.

Earlier Wednesday, a car on eastbound I-70 overturned into the median near the Washington County-Frederick County line, according to police.

The wreck occurred when the driver of a Chevrolet Lumina lost control going up South Mountain in the far left lane, police said. The back windshield of the car was knocked out, and the front windshield appeared to be heavily damaged. The sides of the car also were damaged.

Police responded to the wreck at 9:05 a.m. and closed the left lane of eastbound I-70. The lane was reopened by 9:30 a.m.

The car was towed and police cleared the scene by 10 a.m.

— Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

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