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Three Injured in Fiery Bridge Collision

March 28, 1985

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) _ A car and a tractor-trailer collided Wednesday on a bridge over the Severn River, injuring three men - two critically - as the auto exploded in flames, authorities said.

The 11 a.m. accident halted eastbound traffic for 41/2 hours on the busy, U.S. Route 50 bridge, which leads to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge connecting Maryland’s capital with the Eastern Shore.

″The only thing left hooked to that trailer is the fifth wheel. It’s unbelievable,″ said Anne Arundel County police officer Richard Molloy.

Both vehicles were eastbound on the twin-lane bridge and the tractor- trailer was moving into the slow lane behind the car, Molloy said.

The tractor-trailer’s front bumper locked on to the car’s rear, the car swung around, the tractor-trailer hit the car broadside, and the car slammed into a guardrail and exploded, Molloy said.

The tractor-trailer, meanwhile, careened to the right and struck the side of the bridge, knocking out a large section, he said.

The car’s two occupants were reported in critical condition at the burn unit of Francis Scott Key Medical Center in Baltimore.

The driver, Ross Santangelo, 23, of Arlington, Va., suffered burns over 5 percent of his body, and the passenger, Tom Andree, 33, of Atlanta, was burned over 76 percent of his body, said hospital spokeswoman Pat Kail.

The truck driver, Edward Briskie, 33, of Paterson, N.J., was listed in satisfactory condition at the Shock Trauma Unit of University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore.

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