Traffic woes are few as holiday ends

May 30, 2006|By MATTHEW DOLAN | MATTHEW DOLAN,SUN REPORTER

Heavy and steady, but not extraordinary.

That's how authorities described the traffic yesterday, the end of the Memorial Day weekend. There were the usual bumper-to-bumper lines along westbound Route 404, U.S. 50 and the Bay Bridge, marking the way home to the Baltimore area from the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

But with the exception of a two-vehicle accident on the Eastern Shore that temporarily closed part of the highway, major accidents were few.

"From what I understand, we've had no significant problems," said Teri Moss, spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority.

An accident that killed a man trying to fix a flat tire on Interstate 95 next to the Caton Avenue exit closed two southbound lanes for about 2 1/2 hours, starting about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, officials said.

In Queen Anne's County yesterday, a minivan collided with a tractor-trailer at U.S. 301 and Route 302 at 5:27 p.m. The van's driver and passenger were seriously injured and were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Sgt. Keith Elzey said. The other driver was taken to Chester River Hospital Center in Kent County with minor injuries.

Parts of U.S. 301 were closed for about an hour.

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