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2 injured when car, rig crash

October 01, 2002|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Two New Hampshire women were flown by helicopter Monday afternoon to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center after the car in which they were riding hit a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 and then spun out, Maryland State Police said.

The accident happened at about 4 p.m. on I-81 south near the Maugans Avenue exit.

Trooper 1st Class Todd Weaver said the car, a 2002 Cadillac driven by Constance Descoteaux, 63, of Pembroke, N.H., was in the slow lane of I-81 when it drifted over and hit the tractor-trailer, which was traveling in the fast lane.

Dan Lowery of Cumberland, Md., who was driving a tractor-trailer behind the vehicles involved in the accident, said he saw the car swerve into the tractor-trailer twice before it spun around and hit a guardrail alongside the slow lane.

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The car came to rest in the middle of the highway facing the opposite direction.

Lowery said he and other drivers stopped their vehicles on the interstate to check on the women in the car.

He said he helped one of the women hold her neck up until paramedics arrived on the scene.

Descoteaux was listed in critical but stable condition, Weaver said. The passenger, Madeleine Lussier, 64, of Londonderry, N.H., was treated and released, he said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Johnny Tubb, 27, of Smithville, Miss., was not injured, Weaver said.

I-81 south was shut down for about an hour while crews cleaned up the accident. Two Maryland State Police helicopters landed on the interstate to fly the women to Baltimore.

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