Three people were seriously injured yesterday morning when a man driving a pickup truck collided with another pickup truck whose occupants were closing a lane of Interstate 95, causing a five-mile backup from downtown to O'Donnell Street.
The accident occurred about 10: 15 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-95, near the I-395 interchange, on an elevated section of highway.
Kelly Melhem, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority police, said the accident occurred when the driver of a Ford F-150 pickup truck tried to merge from the left lane to a middle lane. A state worker on the back of another pickup truck was putting orange barrels in the left lane to close it for repairs.
The driver of the Ford was apparently unable to merge in time and hit the state pickup truck, pushing it onto a Jersey barrier. The driver of the state truck was pinned and had to be extricated by firefighters.
Police identified the driver of the Ford as William Keith Fitzgerald, 39, of Baltimore. He was listed in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
The driver of the other truck, owned by Guardrails Etc., was identified as Frederick Eaton, 56, of Graysonville, Md. He was in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The man in the back of that truck, Kenneth Lee Duncan Jr., 36, of Stevensville, was in serious condition at Shock Trauma.