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Accident blocks traffic on I-81

December 19, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

WILLIAMSPORT - Traffic on southbound Interstate 81 near Williamsport was rerouted for about three hours Saturday morning while rescue crews worked to free a man from a tractor-trailer involved in a minor accident on the Potomac River bridge.

Maryland State Police said in a written release that about 9:14 a.m., Jeffrey Reardon, 52, of Texarkana, Texas, was slowing down a 2003 Peterbilt tractor-trailer for stalled traffic in front of him when a 2001 Freightliner tractor-trailer rear-ended him.

The driver of the Freightliner, Felix Quintanilla, 48, of Union City, N.J., was charged with failing to control speed to avoid a collision, police said.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts, police said.

A passenger who was in a sleeper bunk in the Freightliner was thrown out of the bunk on impact and was trapped in the truck for about 30 minutes until rescue crews freed him, police said.

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Quintanilla and his passenger, Carlos Holguin, 53, of Union City, were transported to Washington County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

Reardon refused treatment at the scene for minor injuries, police said.

Due to the rescue efforts to free the passenger and the cleanup of debris and fluid spilled on the road, traffic was blocked and rerouted to U.S. 11 through Williamsport for three hours, police said.

The tractor-trailers were not carrying hazardous materials, police said.

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