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I-270 car accident underscores importance of road construction awareness

An accident involving three vehicles and a tractor-trailer hauling cement closed part of Interstate 270 recently. The crash occurred near a road construction site, proving once again that drivers must be especially careful during summer road construction season to avoid car accidents.

The car accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. June 4 near the intersection with Father Hurley Boulevard. Several people were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries according to Maryland State Police. The north- and southbound lanes of I-270 were opened later that afternoon.

Two of the vehicles involved in the crash were at the scene because they were part of a crew performing road work. Summer is the busiest time for road construction, meaning lines of orange cones, unusual lane changes and confusing signage become commons sights. Road workers can also make drivers uneasy by working very close to moving traffic.

In a road construction situation, it is always best to pay attention to the speed limit, since it is often lowered in construction zones. Keeping an eye on where workers and heavy equipment are operating is also not a bad idea. Many state departments of transportation have maps showing road construction zones - you should check to see if your route is affected and then adjust your travel plans accordingly, if necessary.

Of course, depending on the circumstances of any particular car accident that might occur, fault may lie with either party alone or with both jointly. It's up to both drivers and road construction crews to make sure they're each taking the necessary steps to prevent car accidents.

Source: Germantown Patch, "Part of I-270 Reopened After Crash," Tiffany Arnold and Jillian Badanes, 6 June 2011.

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