Traffic lights out in Joppa after truck strikes wires

traffic-signalUPDATE: Mountain Road has now been shut down between Interstate 95 and Singer Road due to the downed lines.

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Several traffic signals were out in the Joppa area on Thursday evening after a truck struck overhead wires.

Crews say that, around 5 p.m., a tractor-trailer brought down power lines in the 2000 block of Mountain Road.

Traffic signals are out along MD 152 from I-95 to Singer Road.

Motorists are reminded to treat the affected intersections as a four-way stop.

Rosedale gas station sells winning, $20K Md. Lottery scratch-off

Mary Ann Slomba LotteryTo win big with a Maryland Lottery scratch-off is lucky.  Winning big three times in 15 years is remarkable. A 78-year-old Baltimore woman who just claimed her third big prize is thrilled.

Mary Ann Slomba, a retired marketing researcher, was eager to share her story with Lottery officials when she and her son came to claim her most recent prize this week.

“You know, I’ve won twice before,” she said, smiling. “I won $10,000 on a scratch-off two years ago and 15 years ago, I won $50,000!”

Mary Ann’s recent $20,000 win comes from a $1,000 Frenzy scratch-off. She revealed that the $1,000 Frenzy game was not even one of her favorites. She prefers playing bingo and crossword instant tickets.

However, she also likes to purchase instant tickets when they are new or when a fresh pack of scratch-offs is opened. For those two reasons, she purchased three $1,000 Frenzy games at the Rosedale Crown and played the $10 scratch-offs while in the Lottery retailer.

“I had the first three tickets in the batch and the third ticket was the winning ticket,” she said. “I knew it was $20,000, but I still checked it on the machine and showed it to the cashier.”

The cashier, who knows Mary Ann well, confirmed the win.

“It’s my favorite place to go to purchase tickets,” said Mary Ann. Her lucky retailer is located at 8350 Pulaski Highway in Rosedale. “They were so excited for me.”

A mother of two adult sons and grandmother of a 2-year-old, Mary Ann had to wait until her son was available to bring her to Lottery headquarters to claim her $20,000 prize. She plans to use some of the winnings to help her family and will save the rest.

I-95 shut down due to serious Kingsville crash

I-95 Crash 201270720UPDATE: The tow truck driver has died from his injuries – details here.

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Crews are on the scene of a serious, Thursday afternoon crash along Interstate 95 in Kingsville.

At just after 12:30 p.m., paramedics responded to northbound I-95 at the Baltimore County/Harford County line.

Reports indicate that a tow truck collided with a tractor-trailer.  Multiple patients are trapped and in need of rescue.

Crews from Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company, Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company, and the Baltimore County Fire Department are on the scene.

The highway is being shut down so a medevac chopper can respond to the scene.

Motorists should avoid the area.

SHA improves pedestrian and driver safety along Route 40 in Rosedale

Rosedale MDJuly 20, 2017 – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is activating a new traffic signal on US 40 (Pulaski Highway) at Batavia Farms Road this week as part of a $5 million project to enhance pedestrian and driver safety on one of Baltimore County’s busiest highways.

Approximately 38,000 vehicles per day travel the four-lane section of US 40 between Chesaco Avenue and Todds Lane in Rosedale.  In recent years, this segment of Pulaski Highway has experienced a high rate of crashes – nearly seven times that of similar roadways.

MDOT SHA installed the new traffic signal at Batavia Farms Road in tandem with construction of safety upgrades including new sidewalks on both sides of US 40 between Chesaco Avenue and Todds Lane. The improvements included closing the crossing at Lawrence / Lorraine Avenue in May.

“Just trying to walk from point A to B was a challenge in this corridor, which had a high rate of crashes,” said engineer Wendy Wolcott. “Engineers observed pedestrians crossing mid-block with no place to stop if vehicles were turning in and out of businesses. The new design provides sidewalks, a crosswalk and a signal that stops traffic so people can safely cross the road.”

MDOT SHA last resurfaced this one-half mile section of Pulaski Highway in 2000. The safety enhancement project was funded for construction in spring 2015 and the project started late fall 2015.

The project includes construction of the new 5-foot sidewalk in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, curbs, gutters and driveway aprons along US 40; resurfacing and widening the pavement; replacing and repairing traffic barrier end treatments; traffic signal system upgrades; roadway drainage system enhancements; and installation of new reflective roadway signs and pavement markings.

Weather permitting, crews will complete the remainder of the project late summer.