The woman, whose name wasn’t released, and was taken to an area shock trauma unit. Her condition wasn’t immediately known.
She was trying to help two other drivers of trucks, police said, who had been involved in an earlier incident.
That crash happened just before 5 a.m. when a tractor trailer rear-ended a dump truck along the westbound side of the interstate. The tractor trailer jackknifed and the dump truck turned over, according to Maryland State Police.
The nurse, police said, pulled up “shortly after the collision, ran up to the scene to assist and jumped over a jersey wall.”
“Believing that there was a median on the other side,” police said in a statement, she leaped into the river.
The driver of the dump truck was also taken to an area shock trauma unit. The other driver was also injured and transported. The conditions of those involved were unknown.
Police said the incident is under investigation. Part of the highway was closed throughout the morning as crews worked to clear the area. Crews are working to repair the bridge as well.
Updated at 8:39 a.m.
Some traffic is now reported to be getting by on the westbound side of Interstate 70 in Frederick after the highway had been shut down Wednesday morning, following a crash involving two trucks and a person trying to help who fell over a bridge. But officials warned that parts of the roadway could be closed for another two hours.
Authorities, however, warned motorists to still expect delays throughout the morning. The eastbound lanes of the interstate have reopened after being closed earlier.
Updated at 7:32 a.m.
Parts of Interstate 70 have reopened after a crash involving two trucks and a woman who fell over the side of a bridge after she stopped her vehicle to try to help.
Maryland State Police said the eastbound side of the inter has reopened but the westbound side remains closed and is expected to remain closed throughout the morning rush hour.
None of the three had life threatening injuries, police said at the time.
Updated at 6:41 a.m.
Major traffic delays are hitting Interstate 70 near Frederick County after two incidents, including one involving a crash of two trucks and a woman who fell 40-feet over a bridge after stopping to try to help the truck drivers.
Few details were immediately available and it was not clear the conditions of the three people involved in the incidents. They were all transported to area hospitals, according to the Maryland State Police.
Parts of the interstates — both the west and east sides — were closed off throughout the early morning as crews worked to clean up the lanes.
Police said the crash happened just before 5 a.m. when a tractor trailer rear-ended a dump truck. The dump truck overturned and the tractor trailer jackknifed. Then a woman driving in a vehicle stopped and tried to assist the truck drivers. But she fell about 40 feet into the Monocacy River. She had to be rescued.
Updated at 5:57 a.m.
One lane on the eastbound side of Interstate 70 in Frederick County has reopened after an earlier incident. There was a person who fell into some water and rescuers were on the scene.
But the westbound lanes of I-70 are still closed following an earlier traffic crash.
Original post at 5:25 a.m.
Drivers should avoid parts of Interstate 70 as both east and west bound lanes in Frederick County are closed after two, separate incidents.
A crash near MD 144 has closed the highway in both directions. There are reports of an overturned truck in the roadway.
There was also a report of a water rescue just off Interstate 70 east near Patrick Street that has lanes blocked.
It was not known if there were any serious injuries reported in the crash. And it was not clear when the roadway would reopen.