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Date: Sep 5, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 5, 2013

 

Contact:  1st Sgt. Kevin Ayd, 410-537-7724

 

 

MDTA POLICE OFFICERS INJURED DURING

EARLY MORNING TRAFFIC STOP ON I-95

Officers have been released from the hospital

          

 

BALTIMORE, MD - At approximately 4 a.m., two MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Officers were conducting a traffic stop on the shoulder of southbound I-95 near Caton Avenue when their patrol vehicle was struck from behind by a Mercury Sable passenger vehicle. 

Thirty-one-year-old Officer Terry Breechen was outside of the vehicle at the time of the collision and was taken to Shock Trauma with minor injuries.  He has since been released.  Twenty-six-year-old Officer Scott Fleming was in the driver's seat and was taken to University Hospital with minor injuries and has since been released. 

The driver of the Mercury Sable, a 33-year-old female, was taken to Shock Trauma with minor injuries and released. 

"The men and women of the MDTA Police are extremely grateful that Officers Breechen and Fleming are going home to their families today," said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Michael T. Kundrat.  "This morning's crash underscores the immense responsibility that each and every one of us has when behind the wheel.  Move Over when passing an emergency situation.  If you're unable to move over, Slow DownIt's the law."

Baltimore resident Officer Terry Breechen is a four-year member of the MDTA Police.  Beltsville resident Officer Scott Fleming is a two-year member of the  MDTA Police.

The investigation continues into the cause of the crash.  Any witnesses should contact the MDTA Police at (410) 537-1200.  

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The Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a nationally accredited force, is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the State, with more than 600 sworn and civilian law-enforcement professionals. MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the Authoritys highways, bridges and tunnels; at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 5, 2013

Contact:  Cheryl M. Sparks, 410-537-1017

          

      

MDTA DEDICATES ENGINEERING BUILDING TO LONG-TIME BOARD MEMBER

Woodford Served 22 Years on MDTA Board

 

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) today dedicated its Engineering Building to long-time and dedicated Board Member and transportation leader Walter E. Woodford, Jr., P.E.  The building is located at the Francis Scott Key Bridge complex off I-695 in Baltimore.

Centreville resident Mr. Woodford was appointed as a Member of the MDTA Board in July 1991.  Prior to his retirement on Jan. 31, 2013, he served 10 Governors and 13 Secretaries of Transportation during his 62 years of helping to shape Marylands transportation infrastructure.  The Board of Public Works approved the building naming at its April 17, 2013, meeting.  Mr. Woodford was able to attend the Board of Public Works meeting prior to his passing on May 22, 2013.  

A Professional Engineer, Mr. Woodford was a former chief engineer and deputy highway administrator for the State Roads Commission, during which he oversaw the six design contracts involved in the construction of the Northeastern Expressway, later named the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway, and played a key role in the construction of the Interstate Highway System in Maryland and parallel Bay Bridge.  Following his State service, Mr. Woodford was vice president of the Rouse Company and was director of engineering for Rouses office of community development.

He also served as an independent consultant, specializing in civil-engineering projects, planning and zoning and traffic and site developments, and was named to the Governors Transportation Task Force, which was commissioned to evaluate funding options to pay for future highway, transit, airport and port projects in Maryland.

During his tenure as Board Member, Mr. Woodford helped the MDTA lead an aggressive plan to preserve its aging toll facilities, enhance customer service and safety, provide financial accountability and ensure the progress of mega projects including the I-95 Express Toll LanesSM, the Intercounty Connector and the Bay Bridge Preservation Project.  He also served as Chairman of the MDTA Board Capital Committee. 

 

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