I-95 collision injures truck driver

SUV occupants slightly injured

crash closes the highway for hours

May 01, 2007|By Anica Butler and Jed Kirschbaum | Anica Butler and Jed Kirschbaum,sun reporters

Traffic was disrupted for much of yesterday along Interstate 95 on Baltimore's east side after a collision between a flatbed truck and sport utility vehicle that injured three people and spilled about 300 gallons of diesel fuel, authorities said.

The driver of the truck was trapped under his overturned vehicle for more than an hour after it collided with a Ford Explorer shortly before 5 a.m. in the northbound lanes between Moravia Road and the Baltimore County line, police and fire officials said.

The crash caused extensive delays during the morning commute, and the northbound left lane and left shoulder remained closed until 3:30 p.m. as the cleanup of the spill continued, a police spokesman said. Crews also were cleaning up Sheetrock that the flatbed had been hauling. The southbound lanes reopened at 11 a.m.

Both vehicles had been traveling north, but the Explorer came to rest on the southbound side of the median while the truck overturned in the median, said Cpl. Jonathan Green, a spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

The driver of the Explorer, Stephen B. Robbins, 40, and his wife, Lynn W. Robbins, 42, both of Leland, N.C., were taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. They were treated and released.

The truck driver, James Linden Mulcare, 42, of the 8300 block of Nunley Drive in Parkville, was reported in critical condition last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police said doctors from Shock Trauma were on the accident scene as rescue efforts were under way.

Baltimore County Squad 303, a special truck, lifted the tractor-trailer to free the driver. A crane then had to remove the tractor-trailer from around a 100-foot-high light pole, while another crane stabilized the light pole. Removing the severely damaged pole took a significant amount of time, Green said, because it had to be unbolted from its base, cut into three pieces and hauled away on a truck.

Police were still investigating the cause of the accident.

Sun reporter Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

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