Accidents jam U.S. 50

several people injured

Severn River, Bay bridges sites of morning crashes

July 10, 2005|By Greg Garland | Greg Garland,SUN STAFF

Separate accidents on the Severn River bridge near Annapolis and the Bay Bridge snarled traffic on U.S. 50 yesterday, causing backups that stretched as far as 12 miles.

The biggest of the headaches was caused by an accident about 8:10 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of the highway on the Severn River bridge, according to state police.

Police said a vehicle that was changing lanes struck another vehicle, causing both to overturn. They, in turn, were struck by a third eastbound vehicle.

The bumper of one eastbound vehicle involved in the crash flew off and landed in the westbound lanes, police said. A vehicle traveling west struck the debris and was then hit by another car, police said.

Police said between seven and nine people were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.

Cpl. John Arnold said police closed eastbound lanes of U.S. 50 for about an hour to clear the wreckage. During that time, traffic headed mostly for the beach backed up past Interstate 97 to the South River bridge - 12 miles from the Bay Bridge, he said.

Traffic remained slow on U.S. 50 throughout much of the afternoon, with backups in the eastbound lanes extending to I-97.

Maryland Transportation Authority Police reported a separate accident about the same time on the westbound span of the Bay Bridge.

Police said one lane on the westbound span had been opened to eastbound traffic to relieve some of the heavy traffic headed for the beach. One vehicle traveling east crossed the traffic lane near the main center span at the top of the bridge and struck a vehicle traveling west, police said.

Police said that two people were flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment of their injuries and the westbound span was closed about an hour as the wreckage was cleared.

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