WASHINGTON — A woman who stopped to help after a rear-end collision involving a tractor-trailer and dump truck in Frederick County, Maryland, ended up in the Monocacy River Wednesday morning and had to be airlifted to the hospital, along with victims from the crash, Maryland State Police said.
The crash on westbound Interstate 70 occurred around 4:50 a.m., shutting down the highway in both directions for part of the morning commute. Eastbound I-70 reopened around 7 a.m. Westbound remains closed between exits 56 and 59.
Police said the tractor-trailer struck the dump truck from behind. It happened near Patrick Street.
NBC Washington reports the woman was a nurse who was driving eastbound on I-70 when she stopped to help with the crash on the westbound span.
She hopped over the wall separating the eastbound and westbound lanes but did not realize that was not a median separating the two, NBC Washington reports.
She fell 100 to 200 feet into the river and had to be rescued. Her condition is not known.
A spokesman with the Maryland State Police said the crash victims who were airlifted had nonlife threatening injuries.
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