Crash closes I-270 lanes; Rockville woman faulted
Feb. 13, 2002
Brian Gnatt
Staff Writer

C. R. Taft/Special to The Gazette

A helicopter lands in the southbound lanes of Interstate 270 in Germantown Saturday afternoon in preparation to airlift a woman injured in a car crash to Suburban Hospital.

A three-car crash sent two people to the hospital and closed the southbound lanes of Interstate 270 in Germantown Saturday afternoon, police said.

At about 2:10 p.m. a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Edyth Ann Joppy, 35, of Rockville, was traveling south on I-270 near Middlebrook Road when the car changed lanes and crashed into a 1996 Ford Explorer, said Sgt. Greg Barnhart of the Maryland State Police. The Explorer then rolled over and hit a 1998 Audi A6, he said.

The driver of the Explorer, Wendyann Walters, 32, of Germantown, and her passenger, Norma Valerie Josephs, 51, of Orlando, Fla., were taken to Suburban Hospital. Walters was released Monday but Josephs remained hospitalized Tuesday. There were no other serious injures, police said.

Joppy was ruled at fault and the investigation to determine charges is continuing, police said.

The lanes were reopened after about 20 minutes.