Two people airlifted after accident on I-70, nurse who was trying to help fell off bridge


Two people were airlifted after a tractor trailer accident on Interstate-70 early Wednesday morning over the Monocacy River, just east of Frederick.

The call came in around 4:50 a.m., for a tractor trailer rear-ending a dump truck in the westbound lanes at the 56-mile marker. Police said the tractor trailer jackknifed, and the dump truck rolled over. The identities of the drivers have not been verified, but they were both flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

Authorities said a nurse pulled up shortly after the collision, ran up to the scene to help and jumped over a jersey wall. They believe she thought there was a median on the other side, but instead, she fell between 100 and 200 feet down into the Monocacy River. She is also being flown to Shock Trauma for medical treatment.

Troopers with Maryland State Police said there was an extensive debris field, mostly from contents in the back of the dump truck. Right now, eastbound lanes have re-opened but one westbound lane on I-70 is still closed, and traffic was redirected to Route 144 while SHA worked to clear the roadway. 

We have a reporter on her way to the scene, and will continue to update this story with the latest information as it becomes available.

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