2 hurt in 3-vehicle accident in Harbor Tunnel Morning rush-hour crash causes several-mile backup

A three-vehicle accident during the morning rush hour yesterday forced police to close both directions of the Harbor Tunnel for three hours, causing a several-mile backup and slowing traffic on other highways.

The drivers of two cars were injured. The accident occurred in the northbound tube, which is open to traffic in both directions. The southbound tube is closed for construction.


Lori Vidil, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority police, said the accident occurred about 6: 30 a.m., 225 feet into the northern entrance of the tunnel.

She said the driver of a Mazda multipurpose vehicle traveling north lost control when a truck passed the Mazda. The Mazda struck a curb and went into the southbound lanes, where it collided with an oncoming Toyota RAV-4. A pickup truck, also headed south, then hit the Mazda.


The driver of the Mazda was identified as Elisa Willem, 49, of Elmora Avenue in Baltimore. Her condition could not be learned yesterday because police could not confirm what hospital she went to. They said her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The driver of the Toyota was identified as Jodi Scokol, 34, of South Potomac Street. She was listed in serious condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Brian Birrane Jr., 21, of Essex, the driver of the pickup truck, was not injured, Vidil said.

The tunnel was reopened about 9: 30 a.m. Police said the accident caused backups and slowed traffic on Interstate 95 and the Baltimore Beltway at the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

Pub Date: 10/24/97