UPDATE: Foggy conditions lead to 58-vehicle pileup on I-68

1-68 partially shut down after 25 car pile up
1-68 partially shut down after 25 car pile up(WDTV)
Published: Dec. 1, 2019 at 3:10 PM EST
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UPDATE (12/2/19 7:00 p.m.)

A series of Sunday crashes halted traffic on Interstate 68 for hours as people returned home from the Thanksgiving weekend.

Maryland State Police say the 58-vehicle pileup in Garrett County was likely caused by dense fog.

10 people went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Monongalia County Sheriff Perry Palmer has experienced his fair share of interstate crashes.

I-68 begins in his county.

"It's not something you can prepare for," Palmer said.

He said if you feel uncomfortable when fog blankets the highway, try to get out of the situation.

"If you can get off the interstate, get off the interstate if there is an accident near," Palmer said. "If not, you need to get off the roadways as far as you can, with your flashers on, until something clears"

If you do run into fog, it's important to drive with your low-beams and not high-beams.

"Keep a buffer if you need to brake quickly, you can brake quickly," Palmer said.

The interstate was shut down after the crash. It backed up traffic for miles and halted drivers for four hours.

In the event you find yourself for hours at a time, it's helpful to pack an emergency kit in your car with things like a flashlight, jumper cables and a pair of gloves.

Other items to keep in an emergency kit include extra batteries, phone chargers, food and water.

UPDATE (12/2/19 7:35 p.m.)

According to a press release from Maryland State Police, a final total of 58 vehicles were involved in 29 separate collisions.

10 people were transported to Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland with injuries that are not life-threatening.

The westbound side of I-68 was closed for approximately a total of 4 hours, but it has since been reopened and traffic is moving up to speed.


According to a press release from Maryland State Police at around 12:37 p.m. troopers from Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack responded to a multi-vehicle accident at westbound I-68 at the 29-mile marker on Sunday.

Upon arrival, it was determined at least 25 vehicles became involved in numerous collisions due to the heavy fog creating limited visibility in the area.

At this time W/B I-68 is shut down due to the collision. There are unknown injuries at this time.

Stick with 5 News for any updates.

Bittinger Ems 942 and 943 are operating on scene assisting on the multiple vehicle MVC on I-68 in Finzel. INTERSTATE...

Posted by Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday, December 1, 2019

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