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Maryland trooper injured in crash

March 27, 2002|BY JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

Traffic on southbound Md. 65 was diverted onto westbound Interstate 70 for more than an hour Tuesday afternoon because of an accident involving an off-duty Maryland State Police trooper, police said.

The accident occurred as Trooper Christopher Roy, of the Westminster, Md., barracks, was trying to turn left from northbound Md. 65 onto the ramp to westbound I-70 south of Hagerstown, said State Police Sgt. David Kloos with the Hagerstown barracks.

As Roy was crossing the southbound lanes of Md. 65 to get to the interstate ramp his car collided with a pickup truck shortly after 5 p.m., Kloos said.

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According to a witness, a driver in the left lane of southbound Md. 65 stopped and waved to Roy, indicating he could turn onto the ramp, Kloos said.

But the pickup truck was still heading south on Md. 65 in the right lane as Roy made the turn, Kloos said.

Stephen Goldbeck, 22, of Frederick, Md., was driving the white Ford pickup truck involved in the accident with the police cruiser, Kloos said.

The police cruiser spun around and came to rest facing east at the entrance to the ramp.

Roy was in good condition at Washington County Hospital on Tuesday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Goldbeck was not injured, Kloos said. Both Roy and Goldbeck were wearing seat belts, he said.

The accident was still under investigation Tuesday night and no citations had been issued, Kloos said.

Roy, 21, was on his way home to Frostburg, Md., after his shift at the Westminster barracks, said Sgt. R.W. Riggin, shift commander at the Westminster barracks. Roy's shift was scheduled to end at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Riggin said Roy became a trooper last July.

Kloos did not have an estimate of the damage to the police cruiser. The cruiser's passenger side was caved in and the pickup truck had minor damage, Kloos said.

Southbound Md. 65 was reopened to traffic at approximately 6:18 p.m.

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