According to a news release from Maryland State Police, the driver of a Ford Focus abruptly changed lanes and hit a Chevy Malibu in the rear. The tanker trailer tried to avoid both cars, but hit the Focus, causing the tanker to overturn. As that was happening, the tanker hit a Nissan Altima.
Due to the crash and resulting fuel leak, north and southbound lanes of I-95 were shut down for several hours. Two southbound lanes, which remained closed during part of the evening rush hour, reopened before 7 p.m.
The driver of the Focus was identified as Christopher Rhodes, 23, of Laurel. Rhodes is charged with following too closely, unsafe lane change, failure to control speed to avoid a collision, and reckless driving contributing to the collision.
Of the four drivers, only the driver of the Malibu, a 34-year-old woman, was injured.
Maryland State Police asks anyone with information about the crash to contact them at (301) 345-3101.