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Sunday afternoon storms cause Blues Fest delay

contribute to accident on I-70

June 02, 2013

Storms that passed through the Hagerstown area Sunday afternoon knocked down trees and caused a brief delay for the Western Maryland Blues Fest in City Park, officials said.

A Maryland State Police spokesman said he believes the storms also contributed to a vehicle accident on westbound Interstate 70 at the 29-mile marker.

The crash was reported at 3:34 p.m., the same time a wind gust of 30 mph was recorded in Hagerstown, officials said.

The accident in the area of the Sharpsburg Pike interchange occurred when a vehicle struck a guardrail, police said. The crash forced authorities to close the westbound lanes of the interstate from 3:49 p.m. to 5:39 p.m., according to a Washington County 911 supervisor.

Two people were injured in the crash, but their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, the state police spokesman said.

A tree fell into a house on Corbett Street off East Wilson Boulevard, and there were reports of trees down in the Bakersville Road area when the storms went through, the 911 supervisor said.

The storm dumped 0.81 inch of rain in Hagerstown, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer’s website at http://i4weather.net.

— Dave McMillion

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