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Woman, Child Part Of I-270 Wreck Yesterday In Bethesda

By Aaron Kraut

Friday - 5/3/2013, 10:12am  ET

A minivan rolled over in a wreck yesterday on the northbound I-270 spur, photo via B-CC Rescue Squad

The afternoon wreck yesterday on the I-270 spur that left rush hour traffic snarled resulted in serious injuries for one woman and involved a child who apparently avoided significant injury because she was in a car seat.

MCFRS spokesperson Beth Anne Nesselt said rescue workers were dispatched just after 4 p.m. for the report of an overturned minivan on the northbound I-270 spur just south of Democracy Boulevard. They found a minivan and tractor trailer had been involved in a collision.

The minivan was on its roof and the adult female driver was trapped. Nesselt said it took about 20 minutes to extricate the driver, who was sent to a local trauma center with serious injuries.

A child passenger in the van was found in an intact car seat with no apparent injuries. The child was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

“Based on our initial info, the car seat did a pretty amazing job,” Nesselt said.

The crash and rescue shut down the road and caused a reported 8.5-mile backup during the early afternoon rush.

Photo by B-CC Rescue Squad via Twitter