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Driver charged in crash that snarled I-81

May 01, 2010

Maryland State Police have charged a tractor-trailer driver in connection with an accident that closed the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 for more than six hours Friday.

David Gallagher, 49, of Roswell, Ga., was charged with negligence, Maryland State Police Sgt. S. Wallace said Saturday.

The accident occurred near Exit 2 just after 9 a.m., when Gallagher's tractor-trailer overturned and struck a car as it fell.

"Basically, he came off the ramp too fast," Wallace said.

The occupants of the car, Elizabeth Nickols, 42, and Patricia Nickols, 71, both of Glastonbury, Conn., were not injured, police said. Gallagher was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment for a laceration on his arm.

Police said Friday the accident caused traffic on I-81 to back up into West Virginia.

The roadway was closed until about 3:30 p.m.

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