Monday, June 13, 2011

Northbound Lanes Now Re-Opened Following Fiery Crash

A vehicle burst into flames after a crash in Ocean City around 12:10 a.m. Monday, seriously burning one woman and injuring several others.

The accident happened on Coastal Highway at 67th Street in the northbound lanes.

The highway was closed in both directions. But as of 2:30 a.m., Jessica Waters, police spokeswoman, says northbound traffic is being diverted along the southbound lanes between 67th and 70th streets.

The roadway may have been damaged by the fire, and the accident will remain under investigation for several hours.

At least three people were injured, including a female who suffered serious burns to her legs, hands, forehead, nose and chin. Some were third-degree burns.

She was taken to a waiting helicopter at Jolly Rogers Amusement Park and flown to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. She may be transferred to Johns Hopkins Bayview burn center.

One report suggested that the vehicle had exploded. There was one radio report that also suggested that one of the vehicles involved in the accident could have been racing, but police will not confirm.

BY KELLI STEELE 5:45 A.M.:  The northbound lanes of Coastal Highway in Ocean City near 67th Street have just re-opened following a fiery 3-car collision just after midnight.

Ocean City Police Spokesman Jessica Waters tells WGMD that the vehicle that caused the crash, a 1999 Ford Mustang, burst into flames and the driver is expected to be charged.

She says five people were transported to area hospitals; one person was sent to Bayview Medical Center for treatment of severe burns. The other four individuals had non-life threatening injuries.


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