Traffic was restored this morning along a section of I-95 in Rosedale where a tractor-trailer loaded with frozen goods last night overturned atop a car, shoved it over an embankment onto I-695 and then slid partially off the Beltway overpass.
Three people were injured, one critically, officials said.
Officials feared that the bridge structure had been damaged in the 8:47 p.m. crash and waited until State Highway Administration employees could inspect the structure before allowing northbound or southbound traffic to continue on the major interstate route.
Traffic was detoured around the crash scene.
Officials had feared that they might not be able to allow normal traffic flow in time for the morning rush hour.
However, at 1:48 a.m. traffic was allowed to resume northbound. Southbound flow resumed at 2:37 a.m.
Sgt. Sandra M. Kestner, of the JFK barracks, said the crash occurred in the southbound lanes of I-95 at I-695 when an Oldsmobile operated by Belva Williams, of Aberdeen, experienced a flat tire and became disabled in the travel portion of the highway.
A southbound tractor-trailer, operated by Wilton Ward Jr., 44, of Chesapeake Beach, braked his rig and swerved to avoid striking the car, but flipped over onto a 1992 BMW, according to state police.
Police said the tractor-trailer forced the BMW over an embankment onto the Beltway. The truck then slid partially off the overpass and hung there until emergency personnel arrived.
The BMW driver, Troy Worrell, 24, of Yonkers, N.Y., was first taken to Francis Scott Key Medical Center and then flown by state police MedEvac to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where a spokeswoman said his condition was critical.
A passenger in the BMW, Timothy Parker, 25, also of Yonkers, N.Y. was admitted to the Francis Scott Key Medical Center for observation, police said.
The truck driver was taken by ambulance to Franklin Square Hospital in Rosedale, where he was treated and released.
I-95 was shut down initially to allow emergency and state maintenance workers access to the scene. They used a front-end loader and dump truck to remove the frozen goods which had spilled along the highway.
The entire trailer load was destroyed, police said.
Traffic was rerouted to I-695 as State Highway Administration officials arrived to inspect the bridge.
Police said charges from the accident are pending.