I-81 NB Shutdown Due to Double Fatal Accident

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - Two people are dead following a fiery multi-vehicle crash along Interstate-81 northbound Tuesday morning. Maryland State Police say the northbound lanes are currently shut down. 

The three-vehicle accident happened around 11:20 a.m., by Exit 1 near Williamsport just before the West Virginia state line. 

Traffic is currently being rerouted off exit 1 (Md 68-Williamsport) and across Gov. Lane Blvd., then back onto US 11 and finally back to northbound I-81. 

Currently the southbound lanes are not affected. 

Drivers are urged to avoid this area, including US 11 and other local roads, as heavy traffic will present. 

Fatal crash on I-81 near Williamsport

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Police identify woman killed in Del. 1 crash

An elderly Maryland woman was killed and two Maryland men were seriously injured in a head-on crash Tuesday morning on Del. 1 near Smyrna that forced the closure of the roadway for more than three hours and snarled alternate routes.

The victim was identified as 78-year-old Brigitte Best, of Berlin.

The crash occurred about 10:48 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the highway near Black Diamond Road, said Cpl. John Day, who rolled up on the crash while headed to Dover.

An investigation Investigators determined that Best was traveling north on Del. 1 when she lost control of her 2008 Nissan Altima on freshly snow-covered roadway and veered in a northwesterly direction across the grassy median separating the north and southbound lanes and collided head-on with a 2002 Ford Express van.

The elderly woman, who was found trapped inside her vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene by New Castle County paramedics, said Assistant Paramedic Chief Richard D. Krett.

Best was wearing a seat belt, Day said.

The driver of the van, identified as Leonardo Cruz, 25, and passenger Rene Vazquez, 42, both of Elkton, were treated on the scene by paramedics for serious injuries and taken to Christiana Hospital for treatment.

Both men were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, Day said.

The southbound lanes of the roadway were closed and traffic was diverted onto Del. 299 and U.S. 13, triggering jams along those routes.

Initially, only one northbound lane was open for traffic as emergency crews used the left lane to get to the victims.

Emergency crews used crossovers to turn around southbound traffic stuck on the highway allowing troopers to investigate the accident. investigators could investigate the fatality.

Nearly five years ago, cable guard rails were installed along a five-mile stretch of Del. 1 from the Del. 299 exit to the U.S. 40 exit in an effort to prevent crossover crashes and save lives. However, none of these cable guard rails had been installed in the area of Tuesday’s fatal crash.

It was not known Tuesday if DelDOT intended to continue the project, which was funded in 2010 through $748,678 federal grant. money.

DelDOT spokeswoman Sandy Roumillat said information on whether or not the project would be continuing would not be available until Wednesday.

The crash remains under investigation and No charges have been filed and the crash remains under investigation.

Contact Terri Sanginiti at (302) 324-2771 or tsanginiti@delawareonline.com.

Police identify woman killed in Del. 1 crash

An elderly Maryland woman was killed and two Maryland men were seriously injured in a head-on crash Tuesday morning on Del. 1 near Smyrna that forced the closure of the roadway for more than three hours and snarled alternate routes.

The victim was identified as 78-year-old Brigitte Best, of Berlin.

The crash occurred about 10:48 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the highway near Black Diamond Road, said Cpl. John Day, who rolled up on the crash while headed to Dover.

An investigation Investigators determined that Best was traveling north on Del. 1 when she lost control of her 2008 Nissan Altima on freshly snow-covered roadway and veered in a northwesterly direction across the grassy median separating the north and southbound lanes and collided head-on with a 2002 Ford Express van.

The elderly woman, who was found trapped inside her vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene by New Castle County paramedics, said Assistant Paramedic Chief Richard D. Krett.

Best was wearing a seat belt, Day said.

The driver of the van, identified as Leonardo Cruz, 25, and passenger Rene Vazquez, 42, both of Elkton, were treated on the scene by paramedics for serious injuries and taken to Christiana Hospital for treatment.

Both men were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, Day said.

The southbound lanes of the roadway were closed and traffic was diverted onto Del. 299 and U.S. 13, triggering jams along those routes.

Initially, only one northbound lane was open for traffic as emergency crews used the left lane to get to the victims.

Emergency crews used crossovers to turn around southbound traffic stuck on the highway allowing troopers to investigate the accident. investigators could investigate the fatality.

Nearly five years ago, cable guard rails were installed along a five-mile stretch of Del. 1 from the Del. 299 exit to the U.S. 40 exit in an effort to prevent crossover crashes and save lives. However, none of these cable guard rails had been installed in the area of Tuesday’s fatal crash.

It was not known Tuesday if DelDOT intended to continue the project, which was funded in 2010 through $748,678 federal grant. money.

DelDOT spokeswoman Sandy Roumillat said information on whether or not the project would be continuing would not be available until Wednesday.

The crash remains under investigation and No charges have been filed and the crash remains under investigation.

Contact Terri Sanginiti at (302) 324-2771 or tsanginiti@delawareonline.com.

Maryland woman killed, 2 injured in Del. Route 1 crash


By Scott Goss
scott.goss@doverpost.com
@MiddletownScott


Posted Feb. 25, 2014 @ 11:56 am


Smyrna, Del.

Maryland woman killed, 2 injured in Del. Route 1 crash


By Scott Goss
scott.goss@doverpost.com
@MiddletownScott


Posted Feb. 25, 2014 @ 11:56 am


Smyrna, Del.

Truck driver gets 2 1/2 to 5 years in Pa. fatal crash

Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 6:01 am
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Updated: 12:04 pm, Fri Jan 31, 2014.

Truck driver gets 2 1/2 to 5 years in Pa. fatal crash

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A California truck driver has been sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 years in prison in a 2012 crash on a western Pennsylvania interstate that killed a Maryland woman and her daughter.

Forty-five-year-old Yevgeniy Bugreyev of West Sacramento apologized in Washington County Court after pleading guilty Thursday to two counts of vehicular homicide in the November 2012 crash.

Police said Bugreyev’s tractor-trailer crossed the grass median of I-70 in South Strabane Township on Saturday, striking another car and killing 21-year-old Kaitlin Babka and 57-year-old Karen Babka of Hughesville, Md.

Authorities said the driver told police he may have fallen asleep, but defense attorney Josh Camson said his client “passed out” due to blood pressure problems.

David Babka, whose wife and daughter were killed, sobbed through most of the hearing.

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Western Maryland Deals With Treacherous Roads; 1 Killed In Frederick Co. Crash

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EMMITSBURG, Md. (WJZ) — In Western Maryland, the snow started accumulating very quickly.

Alex DeMetrick has more.

The story in this part of the state is treacherous roads.

Just below the Maryland/Pennsylvania line in Frederick County, one person was killed on Rt. 140 when a car slipped over the center line and collided head-on with a tractor-trailer. The impact ejected the driver, 66-year-old Samuel Lewis, from the car. Weather was a factor.

“This was specifically related, I believe, to the weather conditions and the operator of the vehicle [was] probably driving too fast for the conditions and losing traction,” said Todd May, Maryland State Police.

Whether it was on I-70 or smaller routes, road crews in Frederick and Carroll counties worked to clear travel lanes. But, with thousands of miles to cover, plows couldn’t be everywhere.

But then, drivers didn’t always make it any easier.

“You got people that see the road like it is right now, they try to hammer it and they lose it,” said one man.

But if getting around posed challenges earlier, it could become more difficult as the storm passes.

“The wind, it usually gives us a fit with drifting and the forecast is calling for 20, 25 mile an hour wind gusts,” said Bruce Lockard, Carroll County Roads.

For drivers in the western part of the state, there’s a warning and a request.

“We’re urging people to stay off the roadways unless it’s absolutely necessary or an emergency. The roads still, primarily the secondary roads, are very treacherous, very slick,” May said.

State police say they are astounded by the volume of traffic. All the schools and many businesses are closed and there were a lot of people on the roads. If you do have to drive, be careful and go slowly.

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EMMITSBURG, Md. (WJZ) — In Western Maryland, the snow started accumulating very quickly.

Alex DeMetrick has more.

The story in this part of the state is treacherous roads.

Just below the Maryland/Pennsylvania line in Frederick County, one person was killed on Rt. 140 when a car slipped over the center line and collided head-on with a truck. The impact ejected the driver from the car. Weather was a factor.

“This was specifically related, I believe, to the weather conditions and the operator of the vehicle [was] probably driving too fast for the conditions and losing traction,” said Todd May, Maryland State Police.

Whether it was on I-70 or smaller routes, road crews in Frederick and Carroll counties worked to clear travel lanes. But, with thousands of miles to cover, plows couldn’t be everywhere.

But then, drivers didn’t always make it any easier.

“You got people that see the road like it is right now, they try to hammer it and they lose it,” said one man.

But if getting around posed challenges earlier, it could become more difficult as the storm passes.

“The wind, it usually gives us a fit with drifting and the forecast is calling for 20, 25 mile an hour wind gusts,” said Bruce Lockard.

For drivers in the western part of the state, a warning and a request.

“We’re urging people to stay off the roadways unless it’s absolutely necessary or an emergency. The roads still, primarily the secondary roads, are very treacherous, very slick,” May said.

State police are astounded by the volume of traffic. All the schools and many businesses are closed and there were a lot of people on the roads. If you do have to drive, be careful and go slowly.

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Fatal crash reported near Emmitsburg

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:18 am
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Updated: 11:43 am, Tue Jan 21, 2014.

UPDATE: Fatal crash reported near Emmitsburg

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The Frederick News-Post

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One person is confirmed dead following a serious crash near the Pennsylvania state line, according to Maryland State Police.


The crash occurred on U.S. 140 just west of Emmitsburg, according to Lt. Todd May, commander of the Maryland State Police Frederick Barrack.

May said troopers were getting to the scene around 11 a.m. Check back with The Frederick News-Post for further details as they become available.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:18 am.

Updated: 11:43 am.