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Ramp from eastbound U.S. 40 to southbound I-81 reopened after vehicle rolls into woods

June 12, 2013
  • Maryland State Police Cpl. Ryan Shaffer looks for the driver's license of a woman who rolled her vehicle into the woods along Interstate 81 south of the U.S. 40 exit on Wednesday.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

A car being driven by a Baltimore woman ended up on its side in a wooded area along Interstate 81 near Hagerstown Wednesday afternoon after she swerved to miss tire debris in the road, according to Maryland State Police.

Shantee M. Davis, 35, was traveling south on I-81 near the U.S. 40 interchange at about 3 p.m. when she saw the piece of tire retread in the road, state police Cpl. Ryan Shaffer said.

After swerving to miss it, Davis lost control of the Chrysler 300M, struck a curb along the edge of a U.S. 40 ramp and flipped off the right side of the interstate, Shaffer said.

Davis was trapped in the car for a while until rescue crews were able to free her, Shaffer said.

She was not wearing a seat belt, which is why it took time for rescue crews to free her, Shaffer said.

Davis was taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown for treatment of minor injuries, Shaffer said.

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The crash occurred where the eastbound U.S. 40 ramp merges onto southbound I-81. The ramp was closed after the crash, but was reopened at 4:14 p.m.

Although the southbound lanes of I-81 remained open, traffic was backed up on the interstate because of slow moving traffic around the crash scene.


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