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Nine people injured in 4-vehicle crash on Interstate 70

September 15, 2008

CRYSTAL SPRING, Pa. - Nine people were injured Friday night in a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 in Fulton County that happened when a pickup truck crossed the median into oncoming traffic, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

The accident happened at about 10 p.m. Friday, when the right lane of westbound I-70 was closed because it had been milled and was about 10 inches lower than the fast lane, police said.

John W. Gamrod, 51, of Pasadena, Md., was driving west in a Toyota Tacoma when the truck traveled into the closed right lane just west of Pa. 915, police said. Gamrod attempted to steer back into the left lane, but lost control and crossed into the median, down a steep embankment and into the fast lane of eastbound I-70, police said. There, an eastbound Chrysler PT Cruiser struck the truck in the right side passenger door, a Plymouth Breeze sideswiped the PT Cruiser, sending it spinning, and a Pontiac Grand Prix struck the front of the PT Cruiser, police said.

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Gamrod and his passenger, Emily Gamrod, 54, of Pasadena, were both in fair condition Sunday at Altoona (Pa.) hospital, according to a nursing supervisor there.

The driver of the PT Cruiser, Jason Defibaugh, 31, of Knoxville, Md., and his 14-year-old passenger sustained moderate injuries, police said. Their conditions were not available Sunday.

The driver of the Breeze, Dawn Opperman, 33, of Oberlin, Ohio, was treated at Bedford County (Pa.) Memorial Hospital and released, a nursing supervisor there said.

John Gamrod was charged with driving on roadways not laned for traffic, police said. The other drivers were all driving at a safe speed and were not charged, police said.

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