A 50-year-old Beltsville woman died yesterday after the car her husband was driving hit the right shoulder barrier of southbound Interstate 95 near the Patapsco River, state police said.
The stretch of I-95 south near the Baltimore County line was shut down between 1:19 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. as emergency vehicles and a helicopter arrived. Sharon Jean Sweeney of the 4200 block of Taunton Road was pronounced dead at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center about 4 p.m., police said.
John Douglas Sweeney, who was driving the 1987 Chevrolet Celebrity station wagon, was following a gray 1979 Cadillac that headed off the road because of a flat tire. Police said Mr. Sweeney, 53, swerved to avoid the Cadillac and hit the wall. Police said he was not seriously injured.
A Nissan minivan behind the Chevrolet also spun out of control as it tried to avoid the accident, police said. A tractor-trailer clipped the back of the minivan.
The driver of the Cadillac, Angela Coplan, 38, of Baltimore, and the driver of the Nissan, David Wayne Curtis, 33, of Olney, sustained minor injuries, police said. The operator of the tractor-trailer, Daryl Bryant, 29, of Edmonton, Ky., was not injured.