Friday , February 26 2021

1 dead, 3 injured after westbound crash shutters I-70 in Myersville



One person is dead and at least three others are injured after a Tuesday morning crash in Frederick County, Maryland. The crash closed all lanes of westbound Interstate 70 before Md. 17 / Exit 42. in Myersville.

WASHINGTON – One person is dead and at least three others are injured after a Tuesday morning crash in Frederick County, Maryland.

The crash closed all lanes of westbound Interstate 70 before Md. 17 / Exit 42. in Myersville.

According to Maryland State Police, the Freightliner tractor-trailer network westbound on I-70 swerved onto the right shoulder and collided with a trailer connected to a Chevrolet Express van around 9:30 a.m.

The van is owned and operated by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correction Services.


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Two male inmates working outside the van were struck by the tractor-trailer. Two others were injured by debris from the collision. The official corrections within the van were not hurt, police said in a news release.

One 34-year-old inmate was killed. Another, 24, was taken to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown with serious injuries.

The other two inmates were taken to Meritus Medical Center with less serious injuries.

Compounding the fatal I-70 incident, the dump truck jackknifed into the median while trying to avoid the first crash.

Traffic is being diverted to U.S. Alternate 40 / Braddock Heights.

The left lane on eastbound I-70 is being used to reroute drivers.

A map of the area where the crash happened is below.


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