Woman killed in fall after traffic accident

August 22, 1991

A 33-year-old Baltimore woman, apparently disoriented after a traffic accident last night, stepped from her pickup truck over a concrete barrier on an elevated portion of Interstate 95 south of ,, the Fort McHenry Tunnel and plunged 56 feet to her death, police said.

The woman, whose name was being withheld by police pending notification of her family, was driving north on the highway and was near the Key Highway exit shortly after 11 p.m. when her truck clipped another pickup as she tried to change lanes to the left, Cpl. Gary T. Ricko of the Maryland Toll Facilities police said.

Both trucks crashed into the concrete center barrier, and the woman's truck rolled over.

Witnesses told police that when the woman got out of her red Nissan truck, which was still on its side, she apparently thought she was walking onto the roadway, when in fact she was stepping onto the top of the barrier.

There is a gap of several feet between the two sides of the elevated highway, and the woman fell through it, Corporal Ricko said.

"She stepped onto the barrier, and her next step was over the side," Corporal Ricko said. The woman fell onto an asphalt yard below.

The man driving the other truck, who also was not identified, was taken to University of Maryland Medical Center with minor injuries, Corporal Ricko said.

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