Five cars and two tractor-trailers collided yesterday afternoon on northbound Interstate 95, just south of White Marsh, injuring several people and forcing police to close the highway for nearly two hours to heavy rush-hour traffic, state police said.
At almost the same time, southbound traffic on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway was halted for an hour while police investigated a one-car accident just north of Route 197. Two people were injured in that crash.
The seven-vehicle pileup occurred about 3:30 p.m. when a tractor-trailer traveling north on I-95, just south of Campbell Road, collided with a northbound car. Five other vehicles collided as they tried to avoid the accident.
Five people were rushed to area hospitals, police said, but it appeared that no one was seriously injured. Two state police investigators attached to the Valley barracks in Lutherville declined to release the victims' names.
The same two troopers also would not release the name of a tractor-trailer driver charged with negligent driving.
The troopers said the charge against the truck driver was not the public's business.
All northbound lanes of I-95 were closed from the Baltimore line to the White Marsh exit for nearly two hours, and traffic was rerouted onto U.S. 40.
Meanwhile, about 4 p.m. on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, the driver of a southbound Honda Accord lost control of his vehicle, drove off the road and hit a tree, U.S. Park Police said.
The driver and his passenger, who were not identified pending notification of relatives, were taken to the Prince George's Hospital Center. Officials said that the passenger was trapped in the car for 45 minutes and that both patients were listed in serious condition.
The southbound lanes of the parkway were closed while police investigated the accident and paramedics treated the victims.
The lanes were reopened an hour later.