An Abingdon woman and her two daughters were in critical condition Monday afternoon following an early-morning crash at the Abingdon exit of Interstate 95 which closed the highway for approximately four hours.
Denia Weatherby, 36, of Abingdon, and her daughters Jessica, 13, and Marissa, 7, were all listed in critical condition at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, according to Lt. Dan Fairburn, commander of the Maryland State Police JFK Highway Barrack.
Denia and Jessica Weatherby were in critical but stable condition, Fairburn said; Marissa Weatherby was in critical but unstable condition.
Investigators determined that the crash occured at approximately 4:45 a.m. when Weatherby merged onto northbound Interstate 95 from the Abingdon exit. Fairburn said Weatherby was driving too fast for the icy conditions, and slid into the travel lanes of the highway, striking a 2012 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Bryant Williams, 44, of Petersburg, Virginia.
The collision caused Weatherby’s vehicle to spin and strike a guardrail before coming to rest in the center lane, where it was hit by a 2003 Cadillac DTS driven by John P. Dobson, 25, of West Grove, Pa.
Dobson sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash, and was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Williams was not injured.
The northbound lanes of Interstate 95 were closed for approximately four hours, Fairburn said, forcing northbound traffic to divert onto Mountain Road. Ensuing backups caused significant delays on Route 40 and Route 7 between Mountain Road and Route 543.