Accident shuts I-95 lanes for rush hour Two injured in crash involving three vehicles

October 31, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An accident triggered by a police cruiser's emergency lights accidentally going off closed the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 for most of yesterday's morning rush hour and left two people injured.

Traffic headed into the city was diverted off I-95 and onto Caton Avenue, causing significant delays and backups.

Lori Vidil, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, responsible for patrolling the highway between the Beltway exits, said the crash occurred about 5: 30 a.m. All lanes of the highway were reopened at 9: 04 a.m.

Vidil said Tracy Adams, 31, a federal police officer who works at the U.S. Customs office in Baltimore, hit a bump with his Ford cruiser in the high-speed lane south of Exit 51, or Washington Boulevard.

The bump triggered the cruiser's emergency lights to flash, and Vidil said a driver in front of the officer -- Reggie Ramzey Adams, 29, of the 1900 block of Maulsby Court in East Baltimore -- thought he was being pulled over and stopped in the travel lane.

Officer Adams used his loudspeaker to tell the man to move, but Vidil said a tanker truck in an adjacent lane hit both cars, causing significant damage. The driver of the truck was identified as David Warren Wolfe, 55, of Keymar.

Both Adamses, who are not related, were treated for minor injuries at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Wolfe was not injured. Police said no charges were filed.

Pub Date: 10/31/97

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