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Amber Alert

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Crash closes I-95 south near I-895 split

Morning rush-hour traffic was snarled this morning as the southbound lanes of Intestate 95 in Northeast Baltimore remained closed at 9 a.m., two hours after a collision that left a box truck on top of a sport utility vehicle, according to police. An occupant of a Jeep SUV was flown by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter to an area hospital after emergency workers extricated him from the wreckage. They had to use a winch to lift the truck off the SUV to get the person out.

The injuries to that person, however, are not considered life threatening, said Cpl. Jonathan Green, a spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.Two others involved in the crash near Moravia Road were taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and two more were taken by ambulance to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Green said their injuries are not considered serious.

Green said the cause of the accident remains under investigation. He said it occurred about 7:10 a.m. on I-95 just north of the I-895 split. Four vehicles were involved, he said, with the truck ending up overturned on top of the Jeep SUV.

The highway was quickly shut down with traffic diverted onto Interstate 895. The closure snarled traffic on other roads as well, causing significant backups on the Baltimore Beltway and U.S. 40.

As of 9 a.m., tow trucks and other heavy vehicles were working to clear the wreckage.Source