Tractor-trailer crash ties up I-70 traffic for hours

July 30, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

An overturned tractor-trailer on Thursday led to hours of traffic problems westbound on Interstate 70, including its closing for about 21/2 hours, Maryland State Police Trooper David Matthews said.

Matthews said a Roadway Express tractor-trailer crashed about 3:26 p.m., when the driver tried to avoid hitting a Ford, driven by a juvenile with a learner's permit, that had stopped prior to the merge area from Md. 65 to I-70.

Brian Cushwa, 32, of November Lane, in Hedgesville, W.Va., was charged with driving at a speed greater than reasonable or prudent, Matthews said.


Matthews said the Ford was stopped in the travel lane coming onto I-70 when the tractor-trailer began closing on it. Matthews said Cushwa tried to avoid a collision.

"He locked up his brakes and, rather than hit the Ford, he drove off to the side of the road and overturned it," Matthews said.

No injuries were reported.

The tractor-trailer was scheduled to be left on I-70 until at least 7 p.m. because authorities believed trying to remove it during the evening's peak traffic time would cause delays in excess of those already existing, Matthews said.

Further problems occurred when tow trucks had difficulty moving the tractor-trailer, Matthews said.

Lanes were closed from about 6:50 p.m. to about 9:15 p.m, he said.

Staff writer Scott Butki contributed to this story.

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