Earlier today, two fatal accidents shut down I-95 northbound in Harford County, Maryland. This is causing significant delays for drivers heading toward Baltimore and points north.
By: Ashely Conner
Two Fatal Accidents Shut Down
Earlier today, two fatal accidents shut down I-95 northbound in Harford County, Maryland. This is causing significant delays for drivers heading toward Baltimore and points north. These accidents are expected to continue to affect traffic for some time.
Two fatal multi-vehicle crashes
Two fatal multi-vehicle crashes on Wednesday shut down I-95 northbound in Harford County. One crash killed a high school student and the other injured at least two others.
There’s no word on what caused the crashes, though the state of Maryland is investigating the two tragic accidents. In the meantime, all lanes of the roadway are closed, including the right shoulder, between exits 77 A-B MD and Route 22. The lane closures were in place for several hours, and traffic is expected to slow as crews work to clear the scene.
Several other crashes are also being investigated by the Maryland State Police. One was a high-speed collision between a pickup truck and a semi, while another involved a pair of SUVs. However, none of the accidents have the same effect on traffic that the Harford County crash did.
For a while, the northbound lanes of the I-95 were closed while emergency crews worked to reopen the road. The crash happened on the inner loop near Providence Road.
Intermittent flagging operations may occur on I-95 northbound
Two fatal accidents have shut down Interstate 95 northbound in Harford County, Maryland. The accidents occurred at approximately 5:45 and 6:15 a.m. These crashes are being investigated by crash investigators who are still on the scene. Both the driver of a crew van and a passenger vehicle were killed.
The crew van driver was attempting to pass a snowplow, but was struck head-on by a truck driving in the eastbound lane. At this time, the investigation is ongoing, but the Maryland State Police has confirmed the two fatalities.
Another accident involved a Union Pacific Railroad taxi, which rolled off the freeway near an interchange. It was carrying two employees. After the collision, the driver was severely burned. Several others were injured, but none were seriously hurt. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
A fourth accident involved a train, which hit a flatcar. The crash was being investigated by the NTSB. According to the preliminary report, a 54-year-old BNSF conductor, Robert Walter Vann IV, was struck. However, the identity of the victim is withheld pending notification of his next of kin.
Congestion on NB Rt. 4 in Owings, Md.
If you’ve been on the NB 4 corridor in Owings, Maryland in the past couple of weeks, you’ve probably noticed the congestion. This is a result of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) $1.5 billion plan to modernize the highway, which includes the construction of a new bridge over the Patapsco River. The new bridge is expected to open by the end of October. On the positive side, traffic will be reduced and drivers can expect improved travel times. As a bonus, drivers will also enjoy a brand new section of the roadway.
To make the most of this boon to the community, MDOT has started a pilot program that allows drivers to choose their preferred travel times. These include a pre-scheduled, time-slot based route, as well as a prepaid, all-day schedule. Additionally, the agency has implemented a free mobile app that can notify users of traffic and construction delays via text and email. For more information on the program, visit the MDOT website.
Traffic on I-95 northbound
Two separate multi-vehicle crashes have closed northbound Interstate 95 in Harford County. A crash occurred near Creswell Road in Belcamp around 6:45am. It involved five vehicles, one of which was a passenger car. The driver of a second vehicle was killed. No other injuries were reported.
At approximately 2:45pm, a third crash on I-95 occurred in Edgewood. This crash involved a dump truck and a passenger vehicle. All three lanes were closed, and the right shoulder was closed. As of now, the cause of the crash has not been determined. But the crash investigators are still on the scene.
An initial investigation is being conducted by Maryland State Police. The woman in the passenger car is dead at this time. Her name has not yet been released. According to the police, she was driving a Subaru Forrester. She died on the scene. However, her identity is being kept confidential until her family is notified.
After the initial crash, all of the lanes on I-95 north were closed during the investigation. The police have not yet determined whether or not the crashes were caused by alcohol.