The Maryland State Police have reported a serious accident on Westbound Route 50 as residents evacuate. Many motorists who had been using the highway as an evacuation route were detoured earlier in the day as a result of the car accident. The highway has now reopened and many residents of Ocean City are again using it as an evacuation route.
Hurricane Irene is expected to reach the areas of Maryland tomorrow and residents in coastal regions have been told to evacuate. Many of these highways that will be used as evacuation routes are busy on most summer weekends as people head to the coast, but the evacuation plans are creating even more congestion in some areas.
Today’s three-car accident occurred at about 1:00 pm near Salisbury. Several occupants of the cars were hospitalized with apparently serious injuries and there were an unconfirmed report that at least of the injured was a child. A sergeant with the state police also indicated that the crash may end up resulting in a fatality.
It is unfortunate that as many flee for safety from the potentially dangerous impact of the hurricane they find themselves seriously injured in a traffic accident. With many people leaving the coastal areas, it is not surprising that accidents such as this one occur.
While many individuals may feel like they must take extreme measures to avoid the storm, drivers are still responsible for driving in a safe and careful manner. In these types of emergencies it is sometimes secondary effects such as these that cause more damage and injuries than the event itself.
Source: Delaware Now “Evacuation route through Salisbury reopens after 3-vehicle crash” Aug. 26, 2011