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Updated: Two Killed In Early Morning Crash on I-95

The incident happened on Abingdon, near Mountain Road.

(Updated 11:37 a.m.)—Road rage may have contributed to a two-car accident on Interstate 95 in Abingdon early Saturday morning that left two people dead, state police said.

According to Maryland State Police, the crash happened shortly after 2 a.m. when a Lexus that had been parked on the right shoulder near the Route 24 exit quickly merged back into traffic and into the far left lane.

Police say the driver of the Lexus, Veney B. Tanner Jr. of Abingdon, had been in a dispute with the occupants of a Jeep that had stopped suddenly on the highway. Witnesses told police both vehicles pulled to the shoulder, and someone in the Jeep banged on the Lexus' windows.

After crossing the lanes of I-95, Tanner's Lexus was struck from behind by a box-truck.

Off-duty state police Cpl. Kevin Watkins came upon the crash shortly after it happened and pulled the three occupants out of the Lexus, which was on fire, and attempted CPR on Tanner. 

Tanner, 31, and Janelle E. Jackson, 17, of Baltimore were both flown by helicopter to area hospitals, where they were later pronounced dead, according to Maryland State Police.

The third occupant of the Lexus, 38-year-old Myron Doram of Randallstown, and the box truck's driver, Clinton T. Griffin, 63, of Newark, DE, were taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. 

Watkins was treated for smoke inhalation at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and released, according to police.

All northbound lanes of I-95 were closed until around 7:30 a.m.

State police are still looking for the driver and occupants of the Jeep involved in the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-537-1150.

Bryan Thompson November 27, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Despite "PurpleNeons" tongue lashing of "FreeThinker", I am going to risk a tongue lashing myself...and agree with "FreeThinker". I'm not saying that I am glad ANYBODY is dead, and neither did "FreeThinker". He simply pointed out a fact. Feel how you want about his death, after learning the facts about Tanner's criminal history. But regardless of how you feel, there is no way that ANYONE can deny that society is safer, with one less violent thug. And you and your family are part of that "society" too, "PurpleNeons". Bet you would feel differently about "FreeThinker's" comment if one of Tanner's past violent crime victims were you or one of your family members...
Patricia M November 27, 2012 at 01:46 PM
As always with this type of accident, yes, it was an accident regardless of the circumstances, thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones of those lost. They have lost family and nothing else matters at this time to them. May they find comfort at this difficult time
Pstroms November 28, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Although the person in the jeep should have stayed back after the accident and gave a statement as to what happened. The fact that they left the scene is suspicious to me.
Greg P November 29, 2012 at 06:12 AM
WIth friends like you, I can't imagine why anyone would think he was a bad peron.
Edgewood Alumni February 01, 2013 at 03:03 PM
The jeep left, they had nothing to do with the Lexus pulling across 2-3 lanes of traffic at that hour and at a fast rate of speed...he pulled out in front of the box truck. The lexus is at fault, not the jeep, not the box truck. The choices we make in our lives, define who we are...so make better choices and you wont be on the criminal judiciary page and you wont end up in a body bag. Reality.

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