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Tractor-trailer crash closes I-70 near Big Pool

April 25, 2008

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed just west of Big Pool for more than four hours Thursday after a tractor-trailer overturned and caught fire about 9 a.m., Maryland State Police said.

The tractor-trailer driver lost control of the vehicle near the 10-mile marker and the truck, a 1996 Volvo tractor-trailer, struck the guardrail and bridge barrier of Licking Creek, police said.

The truck overturned, and pallets that were on board caught fire, police said.

The fire was put out shortly after the accident, police said.

The driver, Nathan R. Wolfe, 30, of Ridgley, W.Va., sustained minor injuries, but was not taken for medical treatment, police said.

Wolfe was cited for negligent driving, police said.

State Highway Administration crews directed traffic to take Exit 9 and follow a detour along eastbound U.S. 40 and Md. 68 to get back onto Interstate 70, police said. Police opened one lane of I-70 at 1:30 p.m., and all lanes were reopened by 2 p.m.

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