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Lanes reopen on I-70 in Md. after crane collapse stops traffic – WTOP News

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Traffic along a portion of Interstate 70 came to a halt Friday morning after a construction crane crashed onto the eastbound part of the road in Washington County, Maryland. 

Traffic along a portion of Interstate 70 halted Friday morning after a construction crane crashed onto the eastbound part of the road in Washington County, Maryland.

Officials with the Maryland Department of Transportation said the agency has been working on a bridge replacement project located over Crystal Falls Drive.

A crane in that area fell onto the roadway at roughly 9 a.m., closing the stretch of I-70 around mile marker 32.

Maryland Sate Police and fire departments worked to redirect traffic from I-70 to Routes 66 and 40 to ease the traffic impact caused by the fallen crane. State troopers said all lanes reopened about four hours after the closure began. WTOP Traffic reported that all lanes reopened around 1:30 p.m., but there may still be residual backups from the closure.

WTOP has reached out to Maryland State Police for more information on the crane collapse and any associated injuries.

Our news partners at 7News reported that a crane operator was injured in the crash. The extent of that worker’s injuries and current condition have not been reported.

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