Balto. County collision closes stretch of I-83 for 3 hours

Minivan crosses median, strikes truck

woman hurt

August 06, 2004|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

A minivan traveling on Interstate 83 in northern Baltimore County yesterday veered into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a flatbed truck, Maryland State Police said.

The impact of the crash left the minivan's driver trapped in her mangled vehicle and caused as much as 150 gallons of diesel fuel to spill onto the roadway, police said. A three-mile stretch of I-83 was closed for about three hours as crews mopped up the fuel, police said.

The minivan driver was conscious when emergency workers freed her. She was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was treated yesterday for injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said.

The driver of the flatbed truck, who works for Kenneth Schuck Trucking out of Allentown, Pa., was not seriously injured, police said.

Police said they were not releasing the drivers' names because their families had not been notified. Police were investigating the accident but said that the driver of the minivan might have fallen asleep at the wheel.

The minivan was traveling north when it crossed the grassy median just north of the York Road exit of I-83 in Parkton and smashed into the truck, said Maj. Nick Paros of the state police.

Southbound traffic was diverted onto Old York Road from noon, shortly after the accident, until about 3 p.m., when a single lane reopened, state police said.

All lanes were open by the evening rush hour, police said.

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