Man killed in car accident

December 03, 1998

I-70 accidentBy SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

A Fallston, Md., man died in a car crash Wednesday after his sport utility vehicle hit a guardrail on I-70 and dropped 100 feet into the Conococheague Creek, according to Maryland State Police.

Gilbert Eugene Stover Jr., 48, was dead when rescuers arrived at the scene and found him trapped in his car, Maryland State Trooper John D. Crawford said.

The crash remained under investigation.

The crash caused traffic delays for several hours, and traffic was diverted from I-70 through Clear Spring to I-40, police said.


Stover was driving his 1991 Toyota 4-Runner eastbound on I-70 just west of the creek at about 12:04 p.m., when he lost control on a slight curve, Crawford said.

Stover's sport utility vehicle went into the center median, hit the guardrail and went off into the creek, landing on its roof, Crawford said.

Williamsport Volunteer Ambulance Service Inc. personnel and other agencies tried to get him out of the car but quickly realized he was dead, said Williamsport Chief Dave Hays.

At that point, they slowed down their rescue efforts, Hays said.

He said the water temperature of the creek was 49 degrees, and had they not slowed down, there was the chance that a rescue worker would have been hurt.

It took about three hours to remove Stover's body from the car, he said.

The workers had to go 100 feet down a 90-degree angle descent to get to the car, Hays said.

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