Alcohol Possible Factor in Two Serious Accidents

Ten people hurt in crashes in Frederick, Md.

By Tonya LaFleur
|  Sunday, Aug 22, 2010  |  Updated 8:00 PM EDT
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Alcohol Possible Factor in Two Serious Accidents

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When the call in from Kennedy Airport reporting that someone had gone postal Thursday afternoon, it turned out to be little too close to the truth.

In a span of just 20 minutes, six people were hurt in car accidents along I-70 in Frederick, Md. Sunday morning.

Around 2 a.m., several people called 911 to report a car driving in the wrong direction: going westbound in the eastbound lanes.  A short while later, police discovered that two cars had collided east of Musetter Road.  At least five other cars driving through the area became disabled after running over debris from the accident.

Six people were taken to local hospitals.  Two others were airlifted with life-threatening injuries.

At around 2:20 a.m. a car going eastbound ran off I-70 near Mount Tabor Road.  Two people sitting in the backseat were ejected.  They were taken to local hospitals with life-threatening injuries. Two others in the car were also hurt.

I-70 was closed for seven hours while police investigated the accident scenes.

Alcohol appeared to be a factor in both crashes. No charges have been filed. 

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