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Man dies following tractor-trailer crash

July 06, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- A Virginia man who was trapped in the wreckage of his tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 Monday evening has died.

A spokeswoman at Washington County Hospital confirmed that Harmon Clark Verser died there Tuesday morning. No exact time was available.

Verser, 47, of Crewe, Va., was transported by ambulance to Washington County Hospital following the 8 p.m. accident just south of the Pennsylvania line which involved only his rig, Maryland State Police said.

The northbound lanes of the interstate were closed as rescue crews worked at the scene of the crash, emergency dispatcher said.

The fast lane of the interstate was reopened about 10 p.m. Monday, but the other lane remained closed for some time.

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The 2007 Freightliner truck drifted off the interstate, through some grass and struck numerous trees and a chain line fence, according to a press release from the state police.

The truck was carrying cast piping, which spilled during the crash, the dispatcher said.

Tim Bourgeois, who was traveling south on I-81 at the time, said he saw the truck going through the grass.

Bourgeois, brother of Herald-Mail copy editor Sherry Bourgeois, said there was a loud noise when the truck hit a tree and "pieces were going everywhere."

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