BALTIMORE (WBFF) - A Saturday morning crash involving dozens of vehicles on I-95 in Baltimore sent 23 patients to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).
Around 4:20 p.m. medical officials announced that seven of the patients were in R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center (STC). The injuries included head trauma, broken bones, lacerations, cuts and scrapes, UMMC noted, adding that four STC patients were in critical condition, two were serious, and one was listed as "fair."
According to Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) officials, two people were killed after a fuel tanker went over a jersey barrier and exploded below the elevated roadway, sending debris back up onto the highway overhead. The driver of the tanker was killed, along with one other motorist.
The crash happened near the exit for Washington Boulevard.
"Approximately around 5 a.m. this morning ... a tractor-trailer tanker truck was traveling on the roadway, lost control of his tanker, went up on the jersey wall," MDTA Police Lt. Kevin Ayd said. "Due to that elevated part of the roadway went in between the north and southbound lanes down below, on the railroad tracks that were down below. Upon impact the tanker truck exploded, started a large fire."
According to Lt. Ayd, debris came up onto both northbound and southbound I-95.
The number of vehicles involved has been raised from 55 to 67 and could still increase, Lt. Ayd noted.
Approximately 40 of the vehicles were still being cleared from the roadway as of 11:45 a.m.
Mayor Catherine Pugh expressed concern and offered her condolences to those affected by the crash.
"I want to share my deepest condolences to those affected by this morning’s multi-vehicle crash," the mayor wrote in a statement. "Today’s icy road conditions remind us all that it is imperative to exercise extreme caution due to severe weather. I want to thank the emergency crews for their expedient response. They continue to work closely with City agencies to render aid and coordinate efforts to stabilize road conditions for motorists. For the latest updates and information, please follow the Baltimore City Department of Transportation. We ask that residents delay travel if possible."
Traffic on southbound I-95 was detoured to MD 295 and I-395 until around 1:30 p.m., when all southbound lanes re-opened. Lanes on northbound I-95 remained blocked past Caton Avenue, with all traffic diverted to eastbound I-695 as the crash investigation and cleanup efforts continued.
All lanes on northbound and southbound lanes were cleared by 10:17 p.m.
MDTA officials say it was one of two fatal accidents on I-95; an earlier crash took place on I-95 northbound near Eastern Avenue around 4:45 a.m.
"We had a multi-vehicle crash up in that area at that time," Lt. Ayd said.
According to the MDTA, one person at that scene was killed after a fall.
A hotline has been opened for those looking for family who may have been involved in the multi-vehicle collision: 1-888-756-7836.