4 hurt in series of collisions on I-695

Beltway closed 2 hours

dogs triggered accident

August 25, 2004|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Four people were injured and the Baltimore Beltway was shut down for about two hours last night after dogs running through westbound traffic near Dulaney Valley Road in Towson triggered a series of collisions that left a tractor-trailer overturned in the eastbound lanes.

Two dogs were seen running between cars and trucks in the Beltway's westbound lanes about 9:20 p.m., said Baltimore County Fire Department Capt. Glenn Blackwell. As drivers swerved and slowed to avoid hitting the animals, the tractor-trailer hauling wood products slammed into the back of a Ford Taurus and a Toyota RAV4 sport utility vehicle.

After those collisions, the tractor-trailer driver lost control of his rig, which scraped against the side of the Jersey barrier for about 100 yards. It tipped over, into the eastbound lanes, about the same time that it hit and knocked over a large, overhead traffic sign that landed on top of the truck's cab, said Trooper 1st Class Kevin Davis of the Golden Ring Barracks.

But no additional accidents were reported in the eastbound lanes. Police said one of the dogs was killed.

The rig's driver was taken to Greater Baltimore Medical Center, two occupants of the Toyota were taken to Sinai Hospital, and the driver of the Ford Taurus was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Names were not available. Blackwell said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

As a result of the accident, all six lanes of I-695 were shut down to traffic until about 11 p.m., when two westbound lanes were reopened, said Baltimore County police Maj. Evan Cohen.

Cohen said the three eastbound lanes would likely remain closed until early this morning.

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