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Woman injured in accident upgraded from critical to serious

July 20, 2010

The condition of a Kentucky woman who was seriously injured July 14 on Interstate 70 when two large support beams being used to install signs along the highway struck her tractor-trailer is improving, according to an official at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Evonne J. Whalen of East Bernstadt, Ky., has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, Cindy Rivers said.

Whalen and her husband, Timothy Whalen, were eastbound on I-70 in the area of the Md. 66 exit when the two beams pierced the cab of their tractor-trailer and struck Whalen in the legs, officials said.

Police said a boom truck was lifting the beams when crane operator Jeff Baker, 39, of Mount Savage, Md., lost control.

Timothy Whalen was treated and released from Washington County Hospital.

A Maryland State Highway Administration spokesman said last week that state highway officials and Maryland State Police were investigating the accident.

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