By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun
8:30 AM EST, January 16, 2013
Two separate traffic accidents caused major delays in the Baltimore region early Wednesday morning — one affecting southbound traffic on Interstate 295 in Anne Arundel County and the other affecting southbound traffic on Interstate 795 in Baltimore County.
An accident involving one vehicle on southbound Interstate 295 between Route 175 and Route 32 in Anne Arundel County stalled traffic headed toward Washington early Wednesday, closing multiple lanes for about 7 hours, according to U.S. Park Police.
Police first responded to the scene about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, and found a vehicle had left the roadway. Three people in the vehicle were injured and taken to an area hospital, police said.
Vehicles passed in the right lane as emergency crews and U.S. Park Police continued to work at the scene through 7 a.m.
As they were clearing the scene, a secondary accident near Arundel Mills Boulevard further slowed traffic, police said.
All lanes had reopened as of 8 a.m., police said.
To the north in Baltimore County, all four southbound lanes of Interstate 795 near Owings Mills Boulevard were temporarily closed early Wednesday due to an accident just before 6 a.m. involving a single vehicle that "spun out and hit a light pole," according to Maryland State Police.
The driver was transported to Sinai Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. State Police at the Golden Ring Barrack said lanes began reopening about 7 a.m. and were all open by 8 a.m.
Also about 7 a.m., both southbound lanes of the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel along Interstate 895 were closed due to a disabled vehicle, but the vehicle was cleared quickly, the Maryland Transportation Authority said.
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