One person hurt in I-70 accident in Washington County

May 29, 2008

One person was injured this morning in a wreck on Interstate 70 east of Black Rock Road, Maryland State Police said at 11:20 a.m.

I-70 was closed for 75 minutes after the 8:06 a.m. accident involving a 1997 International tractor pulling a construction vehicle and a 2003 Jaguar, police said.

The area is currently under construction, and one lane was closed by State Highway Administration using orange traffic barrels.

The International was unable to stop for slowing traffic and crossed over into closed lane. After hitting several of the orange barrels, the vehicle went into the median area and the driver lost control of the vehicle, police said.

While the tractor remained on the road, the trailer carrying the construction equipment jackknifed and crushed the roof of the Jaguar.


The driver of the car, Maria Birchenall-Roberts of Myersville, Md., was trapped for about 30 minutes until emergency crews removed the crushed roof of the vehicle.

She was taken to Washington County Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of International, Dale Aaron Patoska of Parkville, Md., was not injured in the accident, police said.

Patoska was charged in the accident, and further inspection of the vehicle was conducted by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Division.

All westbound lanes were reopened at approximately 9:30 a.m., police said.

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