Crash on I-81 Potomac River bridge snarls traffic

September 13, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

WILLIAMSPORT --An overweight, southbound tractor-trailer with insufficient brakes struck the rear of a Mercedes sport utility vehicle on the Interstate 81 bridge crossing the Potomac River on Monday afternoon then hit another tractor-trailer, according to a Maryland State Police spokesman.

Both southbound lanes of the interstate were shut down after the 2:18 p.m. crash, which snarled traffic on the road, Trooper 1st Class J. Eichelberger said.

The driver of the overweight tractor-trailer, which was a tanker truck hauling milk, said he had faulty brakes, Eichelberger said.

The commercial vehicle enforcement division of the state police inspected the truck and determined it had brake failure, Eichelberger said.

The driver of the overweight tractor-trailer, Kevin Aul of Quincy, Pa., was cited for negligent driving, operating an unsafe vehicle on the highway, exceeding gross weight and inadequate brakes, Eichelberger said.

The driver of the Mercedes, Peter Ford-Glencross of Emmaus, Pa., said the accident occurred when he reduced his speed because of traffic slowing in front of him.


After Aul's truck hit the Mercedes, it veered right and scraped the bridge before hitting a second tractor-trailer driven by Richard Hall of Greencastle, Pa., Eichelberger said.

Hall and Aul were transported to Washington County Hospital but their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Eichelberger said.

The crash shut down both lanes for about 30 minutes and traffic was backed up to at least Halfway Boulevard, Eichelberger said.

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