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Berkeley Springs man dies in crash

June 18, 2005|by CANDICE BOSLEY

JANE LEW, W.Va. - A truck driver from Berkeley Springs, W.Va., was killed Thursday in Lewis County when his truck was sideswiped by another tractor-trailer on Interstate 79, according to police.

West Virginia State Police Trooper J.W. Smith said that Robert McCallin, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both tractor-trailers caught on fire after the collision and were destroyed, said Smith, who is stationed with the state police's Weston barrack.

The accident happened at 1:52 p.m. near Jane Lew.

McCallin was driving a 2006 Volvo tractor-trailer northbound, hauling wood stove pellets. He worked for D.M. Bowman, based in Williamsport, Smith said.

The driver of the other tractor-trailer, Gerald Lowery of Cedar Lake, Ind., was passing McCallin when he had a blackout, Smith said.

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Lowery was able to get out of his truck's cab after both trucks caught on fire and ran off the interstate into an embankment, Smith said.

The accident remains under investigation.

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