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Three killed in I-70 crash

November 01, 2006

HANCOCK - An adult and two children died Tuesday evening in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 near Hancock, according to Maryland State Police.

Police identified the deceased as Amira Abbas, 41, of Ellicott City, Md., and a 4-year-old and a 10-year-old.

According to Hancock Fire Co. Deputy Chief Greg Yost, fire police from Allegany County, Md., and Fulton County, Pa., the Maryland State Police and rescue squads from Hancock and Morgan County, W.Va., responded to the scene.

According to police, a 2004 Toyota Camry and a 2004 Freightliner tractor-trailer collided head-on in the eastbound lanes of I-70, east of U.S. 522, just after 5 p.m.

Police said the Camry was traveling west on I-70 when Abbas lost control and crossed the median. The car drove into the path of the eastbound tractor-trailer, and the vehicles collided in the left lane of eastbound I-70, police said.

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The tractor-trailer jackknifed across the westbound lanes of I-70, police said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Richard Jacelyn McNeil, 64, of Dunn, N.C., and passenger Margaret Spears Williams, 53, also of Dunn, had minor injuries and were not taken to the hospital, police said.

According to a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher, the accident was reported at 5:05 p.m., and the fire department left the scene at 9:54 p.m. Yost said about 15 or 20 firefighters and six or seven rescue squad members from Hancock responded.

For much of the evening, the interstate was closed in both directions, Yost said.

Eastbound traffic was diverted onto U.S. 522 west of Hancock, and westbound traffic took Md. 144 east of Hancock, police said.

Police said the investigation was continuing, and no further information was available late Tuesday.

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