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Two Injured in Car Accident Along I-70 Ramp

One of the areas of interstate highways that are prone to backed up traffic and car accidents are the on-ramps, or interchanges. Depending on the time of day, traffic and congestion can make it difficult for vehicles to enter the interstate and quickly get up to speed. In addition, aggressive driving tactics by some drivers sometimes contribute to collisions. An auto accident late last week on I-70, just west of Hagerstown, looks like it might be a good example of one of these types of interchange collisions.

The car accident reportedly occurred around 3:15 p.m. near the interchange of I-70 and Maryland Route 63. According to initial reports, a woman was driving in the right-hand lane as she approached the ramp leading traffic from Route 63 to I-70. She apparently attempted to move over to the left hand lane to make room for a pickup truck coming down ramp.

However, as the woman attempted to move into the left lane, she noticed another vehicle quickly approaching in that lane. The woman swerved back toward the right to avoid the approaching car in the left lane and lost control of her vehicle. She reportedly struck the pickup truck that had been moving down the ramp, and then crossed back over the eastbound lanes of traffic into the median where her car overturned.

The woman and a passenger were taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown for treatment of their injuries. It is unclear what type or how serious the injuries were, but according to police, the injuries were deemed non-life threatening. The occupants of the pickup truck involved in the accident were unhurt.

There have been no reports of the police issuing citations to anyone in connection with the crash.

Source: Herald-Mail, Two hurt in crash on eastbound 1-70 west of Hagerstown, 12/30/10

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