A pair of multivehicle crashes Thursday shut down both lanes of Md. 140 just south of the Carroll County line for several hours before reopening late afternoon.
Then, around 1:45 p.m., a second crash occurred, this time on the opposite side of Md. 140, Litofsky said, leading police to shut down both sides of Md. 140 from Old Westminster Pike to the intersection of Md. 140, and Woodfield and Brian Daniel courts.
At least two people were transported by ground to area hospitals for non-life threatening injuries, according to Litofsky, and each crash involved at least three vehicles.
"When they say it's multiple vehicles, it usually means three, but it could be more than that," she said. "It's definitely more than two."
There were unconfirmed reports, Litofsky said, that the second crash may have been caused by a vehicle traveling onto the wrong side of the road near the first accident.
Bill McDonald, of Westminster, witnessed the second crash.
"From what we saw, a truck tried to break at the Woodfield light and swerved and hit a lamppost. The truck spun and hit a Silver Chevy Malibu. Both drivers had minor injuries," McDonald said.
Further details will become available once the investigators return to file a report, Litofsky said. No additional information was available as of 6 p.m. Thursday.
Litofsky said it usually takes traffic detectives a couple of days, sometimes as long as a week, to determine the cause of a crash.
Michel Elben contributed to this report.