2 killed, seven hurt as car hits bridge on I-70 Eight of nine passengers thrown from vehicle

September 03, 1996|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

A 5-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy were killed and seven other people were injured yesterday when their car struck a bridge on Interstate 70 in Washington County, state police said.

The 1991 Toyota 4-Runner was eastbound on I-70 when it hit the bridge over Licking Creek shortly after 3 p.m.

The sport utility vehicle careened into the median strip before crossing back onto eastbound I-70 and overturned several times. Eight of the nine occupants were thrown from the vehicle, state police said.

None of the victims -- all of whom live together in the District Heights area of Prince George's County -- was wearing a seat belt. Neither were child safety seats in use, state police said.

Ashanti Dudley, 5, and Omar Dudley, 3, were pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown. Police were uncertain last night how the victims -- who ranged in age from 1 to 39 -- were related.

The travelers were returning from a family reunion in Pennsylvania when the Toyota drifted off the road for unknown reasons, police said.

Eastbound lanes of I-70 were closed for about two hours after the accident.

The driver, Bernazett Barbour, 39, was trapped in the car for about 45 minutes.

Three of the victims were flown by helicopter to Washington County Hospital and the rest were taken there by ambulance, according to police.

A hospital spokeswoman said Bernazett Barbour and Aiyana Barbour, 17, were being treated in the emergency room early this morning. Akia Barbour, 14, was in serious condition. Jonathan Adams, 19, was taken from Washington County Hospital to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in serious condition. Demetri Stover, 35, was in fair condition at Washington County Hospital, as was Malcolm Dudley, 7. One-year-old Alisha Dudley had been discharged from the emergency room.

Pub Date: 9/03/96

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