Traffic on Interstate 70 in West Friendship was backed up for four miles yesterday afternoon after a tractor-trailer smashed into the rear of another rig with such force that welding torches had to be used to separate the vehicles, state police said.
The driver of one of the trucks, Kenneth Bowers of Ford City, Pa., suffered serious injuries and was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, police said. The other driver, Lester Twombly of Frieders, Pa., had minor injuries and was not taken to a hospital, police said.
The accident occurred about 2 p.m. in the far-right westbound lane of I-70 near Route 32, where Mr. Twombly had stopped when traffic in front of him stalled, police said. Mr. Bowers failed to brake in time and struck Mr. Twombly's truck, sending debris flying across the road, police said.
A car was struck by some of the debris, but the driver was not injured, police said.
State Highway Administration workers cleaned diesel fuel that spilled during the accident.
Only one lane was open during rush hour. Traffic was backed up from the accident site, across from the Howard County Fairgrounds, to the Marriottsville Road interchange.
* Highland: 13000 block of St. Patrick Court: Someone tried to force open the front door of a home. Nothing was taken, police said.