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Ohio family injured in I-70 wreck

December 27, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

An Ohio family driving through the area Sunday afternoon ended up at Washington County Hospital, at least one member with serious injuries, after its car overturned because of a stray tire on Interstate 70, a Maryland State Police trooper said.

Trooper Robert Care said a single-vehicle crash was reported on the westbound side of the interstate at about 3:15 p.m. Care said a 2000 Mitsubishi, being driven by Jitander Kalia, 66, of Vienna, Ohio, struck a spare tire that fell off a pickup truck. The car then crashed into a grass bank on the left side of the interstate before overturning, he said.

"The tire got stuck underneath and raised it (the Mitsubishi) up enough that it had no traction," Care said.

Care said the tire fell off of a truck being driven by Anthony Miller of Hagerstown because of "equipment failure." Care said Miller was not charged Sunday in the crash.

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"There was no negligence on his part," Care said.

Care said Kalia, his 56-year-old wife, Judith Kalia, and his sons - Amit, 21, and Vipin, 24 - were taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of injuries.

A hospital spokesman said Sunday evening that Jitander Kalia was listed in serious condition, Judith Kalia was being treated in the emergency room, but her condition was unavailable, and Vipin Kalia was treated and released. The spokesman said there was no record of Amit Kalia in the hospital's system.

Care said all four were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

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