Two serious accidents have shut down major highways in Maryland in the past week – one closing lanes on the Bay Bridge and one shutting down Washington DC’s Inner Loop.
On the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Sunday, a motorcycle and a car collided shutting down the eastbound lanes of the highway for several hours. Maryland State Police closed both lanes of the highway and used the westbound’s third lane while investigators cleared the motorcycle accident scene and collected evidence. Traffic was backed up two miles in the westbound lanes and four miles in the eastbound lanes. The accident, which occurred at a quarter to one in the afternoon, resulted in serious injuries for the driver of the motorcycle. He was flown by emergency workers to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The driver of the other vehicle was not seriously hurt.
In Glen Echo, Maryland, a multiple-car crash near the River Road exit of the Inner Loop just past the American Legion Bridge on Wednesday morning. According to the Maryland State Police, two people were taken by EMS to the hospital with injuries and the highway had three lanes closed at 5:45 in the morning. In the hours after the DC Beltway crash, two lanes were reopened to traffic while the far left lane remained closed.