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Two taken to hospital after crash on eastbound I-70 at I-81 bridge

August 19, 2013
  • Rescue personnel were at the scene of an accident Monday morning on eastbound Interstate 70 on the bridge over I-81 south of Hagerstown.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

Interstate 70 near Interstate 81 was closed for about 30 minutes Monday morning after a fatigued driver’s vehicle struck the barrier of a bridge over I-81, according to Maryland State Police.

The driver of the 2003 Nissan and a passenger were taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown for evaluation after the eastbound car struck the barrier, state police Lt. Michael Fluharty said.

The two people involved in the crash escaped serious injury, a state police spokeswoman said.

Rescue personnel pulled the roof from the Nissan, which was up against a guardrail, to get the two occupants out.

Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt in the crash, which was reported at 7:25 a.m., police said.

Troopers are seeing an increase in preventable traffic accidents in Washington County, Fluharty said in a news release. Between 7 a.m. and noon Monday, troopers handled six collisions, he said.

Increased patrols in “hot-spot” areas have helped, but Fluharty asked motorists to be more aware of their driving habits.

Fluharty, who noted there have already been 15 vehicle fatalities in the county this year, also urged motorists to be aware of pedestrians and school buses as public schools reopen this week.

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