Two Manassas, Va., women were seriously injured yesterday when their car went out of control, struck a tractor-trailer and became wedged under the rear of the trailer on northbound Interstate 95 in Elkridge, state police reported.
Their 1976 Dodge Aspen was dragged 200 yards after it collided with the tractor-trailer near Route 100 and got caught under the trailer, police said.
A heavy-duty wrecking vehicle was borrowed from an Elkridge towing business to lift the rear end of the trailer while a rescue vehicle pushed the smashed vehicle out from under it.
Howard County firefighters extricated Joan Ann Lewis, 50, the driver of the Aspen, and took her by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, said Battalion Chief Donald Howell of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.
Ms. Lewis was reported in fair condition at Shock Trauma, a spokeswoman said last night.
Ms. Lewis' passenger, Pamela C. Mason, 33, was pinned under the dashboard in the front of the car, which was crushed by the weight of the trailer, police said.
She was flown by a Medevac helicopter to Shock Trauma, where she was reported in critical condition.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Jeffrey E. Baxter, 33, of Baltimore, was not injured, according to police.
The accident, which closed two lanes of northbound I-95, caused a traffic backup of about four miles.
Trooper Scott Stevens said that it had not been clearly determined why the car went out of control and that the accident is still under investigation.