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Trucker runs motorist off Interstate 81

May 14, 1997

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A motorist was forced off Interstate 81 Wednesday morning when a tractor trailer crossed into the woman's lane and rubbed her 1994 Hyundai with one of its tires, police said.

The tire from the truck left a large rubber mark on the driver's side of Kathy Grey's car, said West Virginia State Police Trooper E.D. Burnett.

The impact also caused a rear window on Grey's car to shatter, Burnett said.

Grey lost control of her car, which went off the freeway into a grassy area, Burnett said. A back tire on the car also blew-out, Burnett said.

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The truck continued traveling south on the interstate, and despite efforts to locate the vehicle, it was never found, Burnett said. The accident occurred about 10 a.m. near the Spring Mills exit.

Maryland State Police later stopped a tractor trailer that matched a description of the truck involved. The truck was brought to the southbound rest area just across the Potomac River from Maryland, but police determined it was not the truck involved in the incident, said Burnett.

Burnett said it is possible the truck driver did not initially see Grey's car. "But he did hit the car, so I'm sure he knew," said Burnett.

Grey was taken to City Hospital near Martinsburg to be checked for minor complications, said Burnett. She was treated and released.

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