Two tractor-trailers crash on I-70 during icy conditions

Two tractor-trailers crash on I-70 during icy conditions

WEST FRIENDSHIP, Md. (WBFF) - Two tractor-trailers - one carrying cars, the other pineapples - crashed on I-70 in western Howard County early Monday, leaving one person injured after a vehicle burst into flames.

Maryland State Police are still investigating the accident, which led to the closure of I-70 to westbound traffic in Howard County.

The crash happened just before 3:30 a.m., when a tractor-trailer carrying cars jacknifed after crossing the Route 32 overpass, said State Police in a news release later Monday.

The tractor of the truck separated from the car carrier; the car carrier "slammed into the guard rail and flipped into the median," leading the passenger vehicles to roll off into the median, according to investigators.

A second tractor-trailer, carrying pineapples, then crashed into the truck tractor, forcing both off the road and leading the truck tractor to burst into flames, said police.

Ebenezer Anim, 40, of Elkridge, the driver of the car-carrying tractor, was taken toHoward County General Hospital for injuries.

The other driver - Efrain Quintana, 52, of West Grove, Pa., - was not injured, and none of the pineapples he was transporting spilled.

Troopers reported icy conditions on the road during the time of the crash. N other vehicles were involved.

I-70 was closed for about 4 1/2 hours in the area of Route 32.

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