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Accident closes eastbound I-70 in Frederick County

October 13, 2009

MT. AIRY, Md. -- A section of eastbound Interstate 70 in Frederick County was closed Tuesday morning due to a multivehicle accident in the area of Bill Moxley Road, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

The crash, which involved two tractor-trailers and a pickup truck, occurred at 4:03 a.m., police said.

No one was injured, police said.

All eastbound lanes and shoulders of I-70 were closed while debris was cleared from the road, police said. All lanes were open again by 9 a.m.

The initial investigation revealed a 1998 International tractor-trailer hauling metal railing jackknifed for unknown reasons, causing the metal railing to scatter across all eastbound lanes, the release said. The driver was identified as Benjamin Grimes of West Virginia.

A 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Dean Boyd of Garrett County, Md., then collided with the tractor-trailer, police said.

A 2007 Volvo tractor-trailer driven by Jeffrey Hester of Missouri, then collided with several large pieces of the metal railing, rupturing the truck's fuel tank, police said.

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All vehicles involved were towed from the scene. Firefighters responded to the scene to remove the fuel spill from the roadway surface and State Highway Association workers assisted with traffic control, police said.


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