Accident blocks U.S. 29 during morning rush

February 20, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A seven-car collision yesterday morning on southbound U.S. 29 tied up rush-hour traffic for about an hour but did not cause any major injuries, Howard County police said.

The chain-reaction accident was sparked by the driver of a 1997 Ford Thunderbird, who started to exit at South Entrance Road but swerved back into U.S. 29 traffic, police said.

The other six cars were damaged in their attempts to avoid the Thunderbird as it re-entered traffic, police said.

Police said the Thunderbird was the least-damaged vehicle. There were no serious injuries, police said, but one driver was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for observation.

Police stopped traffic on southbound U.S. 29 and diverted it to surrounding roads from about 7:50 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., causing significant delays, police said.

The driver of the Thunderbird was charged with negligent driving and was released at the scene, police said. They did not identify the driver.

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