Eastbound Interstate 68 in Garrett County closed by rig rollover, second crash

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 68 were closed Thursday morning when a tractor-trailer overturned at Keysers Ridge.

UPDATE, 4:50 p.m.: The eastbound lanes of Interstate 68 have reopened, Maryland State Police say.


KEYSERS RIDGE — Five people were injured late Thursday morning when a tractor-trailer on eastbound Interstate 68 traveled out of control and overturned before being struck by a passenger vehicle, according to Maryland State Police.

The accident occurred at 11:35 a.m. in the area of exit 14, police said.

The rig was reportedly attempting to enter eastbound I-68 from U.S. Route 219 when it overturned.

All eastbound lanes were blocked by the truck.

Police said a passenger car struck the overturned rig, causing injuries to the driver and three passengers in that vehicle. They were all taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland for treatment of unspecified injuries. 

The tractor-trailer driver was taken to Garrett Regional Medical Center for treatment.

State Highway Administration personnel set up a detour around the accident scene.

There was no indication of how soon the eastbound lanes would be reopened.

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