Greenbelt man hurt in accident

I-95 jammed for about an hour

Police believe driver fell asleep at the wheel

April 08, 1999|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

A Greenbelt man was injured yesterday after falling asleep at the wheel on Interstate 95, causing an accident and a seven-mile traffic jam during the morning commute, state police said.

Partha Sengupta, 43, was northbound in the far left lane of I-95 between Route 175 and Route 100 at 9: 30 a.m. when "witnesses said he began driving erratically," said Trooper First Class Arthur Betts.

Police said Sengupta's car weaved among lanes before he collided with a car two lanes over, causing minor vehicular damage. He then drove back to the left lane, went over a guardrail and stopped in the median.

"The car landed on the driver's side," Betts said. "He doesn't recall how he went there."

Sengupta was flown by MedEvac to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in serious condition. "His injuries do not appear to be life threatening," Betts said. No one else was reported injured.

The four northbound lanes of I-95 were closed for 30 minutes. They reopened at 11: 40 a.m., but the backup lasted for at least another half-hour, police said.

Sengupta was charged with an unsafe lane change and negligent driving, Betts said.

Pub Date: 4/08/99

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