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Teen unhurt after crash into truck

November 30, 1999

Md. 68 crashBy BRENDAN KIRBY / Staff Writer

photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer




WILLIAMSPORT - A Ford Mustang Tuesday slammed into a tractor-trailer on Md. 68, sliding beneath the trailer and emerging crushed in a ditch next to the on ramp on Interstate 81.

The collision crushed the roof of the black 1990 Mustang, but its driver, Nathan Socks of Hagerstown, was conscious when rescue workers pulled him from the car.

A helicopter that had been called was canceled, and Socks was taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital. He was treated and released Tuesday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

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According to Maryland State Police, the Mustang was headed north on Md. 68 toward Williamsport at about 2:35 and struck the tractor-trailer, which was more than halfway on the I-81 ramp.

Long skid marks were visible on the road.

"He was literally right on top of him," Trooper 1st Class Kyle George said.

George said he does not know why it took so long for Socks to apply the brakes.

"For some reason, he was moving," he said. "He should have seen the truck from the top of the hill."

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Stephen Burley, was not injured, police said.

"Right now, I'm all shook up," he said. "Everything happened quick It's just an unfortunate thing."

Nextow, a Hagerstown tow truck company, was called in to haul the wrecked car away. By coincidence, employee George McDuffie recognized the car when he arrived.

McDuffie said he has known Socks since he was 7 and enjoyed fishing and watching drag races with him.

"It almost took his head off. The airbag saved his life," McDuffie said. "He's lucky even to be talking."

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