Two hurt in crash on eastbound I-70 west of Hagerstown

December 30, 2010
  • Rescuers work at the scene of a crash Thursday on Interstate 70 near the Md. 63 interchange.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, staff photographer

WASHINGTON COUNTY — Two people were taken to hospital Thursday for non life-threatening injuries after the car they were riding in careened into the median of eastbound Interstate 70 and overturned after striking another vehicle, Maryland State Police said.

Linda Kay Skidmore, 31, of Warfordsburg, Pa., began to change from the slow lane to the fast lane on I-70 near the Md. 63 interchange about 3:15 p.m., when she failed to see a faster vehicle traveling toward her, police said.

Skidmore, who was moving over to allow traffic onto the interstate from Md. 63, quickly swerved her 1992 Plymouth Colt Vista and lost control of the car, police said.

Skidmore’s car struck a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck being driven by Alan Lee Bender, 24, of Frederick, Md., police said.

Bender had been traveling on the on ramp, police said.

Skidmore’s car crossed back over the eastbound lanes and entered the median, where it veered through a culvert, overturned and came to rest on its side, police said.

Skidmore and a passenger, Charla Renee Huff, 44, of Hancock, were taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Bender and a passenger, Anthony Anders, 47, of Frederick, were not hurt, police said.

The crash slowed traffic in both directors as rescue crews worked at the scene, police said. One lane of eastbound I-70 was closed for about 30 minutes, police said.

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