Car collides with rig

November 21, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - Rescuers spent nearly two hours Wednesday working to extricate a Pennsylvania trucker from the mangled cab of his tractor-trailer rig after it collided with a 1994 Buick that crossed in front of the rig in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70.

The 11:07 a.m. accident east of Clear Spring closed or slowed all westbound lanes for several hours, backing up traffic before the wreckage was cleared enough to reopen one lane.

Traffic was restored to all lanes at 6:45 p.m., Maryland State Police said.

The trucker, Raymond Paul Kitko, 46, of 113 Ocean Ave., Houtzdale, Pa., was flown by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter to Washington County Hospital where he was admitted. No condition report was available late Wednesday.


The driver of the Buick, Russell William Clark, 73, of 2161 Davidsonville Road, Gambrills, Md., also was flown to Washington County Hospital and admitted. His condition was listed as fair Wednesday night, hospital officials said.

Trooper 1st Class George Fockler charged Clark with unsafe lane change.

Two passengers in Clark's car were treated at the hospital and released. There was no record at the hospital that a third passenger was treated, hospital officials said.

Fockler said Clark was stopped on the right shoulder of I-70 directly opposite a median crossover paved area, police said. Clark pulled his car out into traveled lanes in an attempt to cross both lanes, travel through the median and then go eastbound, police alleged.

The Buick pulled out directly into the path of Kitko's 1997 Peterbilt tractor-trailer which was hauling metal alloy, police said. The truck continued on, careening into the median and hitting several trees.

Responding to the accident were personnel from Maugansville, Clear Spring, Williamsport, Halfway, Hancock, Community Rescue Service, Washington County Special Operations for diesel fuel spillage, and the Rehab Unit.

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