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Hagerstown woman injured in tractor-trailer crash on I-70

December 10, 2010

FREDERICK, Md. — A Hagerstown woman was injured early Friday morning when the tractor-trailer rig she was driving jackknifed and caught fire after a collision on Interstate 70, Maryland State Police said.

Danielle Olden, 29, of Hagerstown, was taken to Washington County Hospital. She was listed as being registered in the emergency room Friday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Troopers said her injuries were not life-threatening.

The accident took place on westbound I-70 near mile marker 48 at about 1:44 a.m., police said. The 2004 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Olden drifted onto the shoulder and struck a 2000 Peterbilt Tractor and enclosed trailer that had parked there after becoming disabled.

After striking the Peterbilt, the Freightliner jackknifed and caught on fire, police said. The small fire was extinguished by a passerby and the first state trooper to arrive at the scene.

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The Peterbilt tractor, owned by Krikava Enterprises, had been pulling a trailer hauling agricultural products. The occupants of the disabled vehicle, identified as Lynn Allen, 60, and Kenneth Allen, 46, both of Texas, were asleep in the sleeper berth of the truck when the collision occurred, police said.

Westbound I-70 was closed for several hours for cleanup and debris removal, police said.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, State Highway Administration, state police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division and fire and rescue personnel assisted at the scene, the release said.

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