A fiery crash involving a state police car left one man dead, three people injured and traffic jammed for nearly three hours yesterday on southbound Interstate 95 near Route 100 in Howard County, state police said.
The accident occurred about 12: 45 a.m. when a car driven by Silvester Allen Smith Sr., 48, of the 5700 block of Thunder Hill Road in Columbia veered from the southbound lane onto the right shoulder and struck the parked patrol car, police said.
Trooper Jeffrey Eichorn had parked to investigate a disabled vehicle, police said.
Smith's 1982 Toyota Cressida then spun back onto the highway, collided with a Jeep, flipped over and exploded in flames, police said. Smith was killed in the accident.
Eichorn, who was sitting in the patrol car when it was hit, was treated and released from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for minor neck and back injuries.
The driver and passenger in the Jeep, James Richter Junter, 43, of Silver Spring and Joanmarie Feehan Kelley, 44, of Arlington, Va., were also treated and released from the trauma center.
Police said southbound I-95 was closed until 3: 30 a.m.
Pub Date: 3/08/98