Nine Md. inmates, 3 others OK after I-83 crash

Liz Evans Scolforo
  • A car clipped a prison van transporting nine inmates from Maryland, state police said.
  • No major injuries were reported in the Interstate 83 crash near the Newberrytown exit.

Nine prison inmates, two corrections officers and the driver of another vehicle all escaped serious injury Monday morning in a crash on Interstate 83, police said.

The crash happened about 11:05 a.m. in the northbound lanes near the Newberrytown exchange (Exit 32) and involved a prison transport van from the Maryland Department of Corrections and a Chevrolet Cavalier, according to Trooper Rob Hicks, a state police spokesman.

A 21-year-old Kentucky man was driving north in the right lane and moved into the left lane, thinking it was clear, according to Hicks. But the left lane wasn't clear, he said.

The Cavalier clipped the front of a prison transport van owned by the Maryland Department of Corrections, which held nine inmates and two corrections officers, Hicks said.

Both vehicles struck the concrete center median, and both drivers were able to then pull their vehicles onto the shoulder of the highway, according to Hicks.

No major injuries were reported, police said.

The van sustained only minor damage, and the nine inmates were checked out by emergency medical technicians at the scene before heading on their way, Hicks said.

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