I-81 ramp to westbound I-70 closed for more than five hours

March 11, 2011

The ramp from northbound I-81 to westbound I-70 was closed for more than five hours Friday afternoon after a tractor-trailer overturned at about 2:54 p.m., Maryland State Police said in a news release.

The truck driver, Wyndell Eric Williams, 22, of San Francisco, Calif., had been driving north on I-81 and realized at the last moment he needed to take the ramp for westbound I-70, police said.

The tractor trailer — a Kenworth from Central R Services out of West Valley City, Utah — then proceeded onto the ramp at a speed too great for the curve, police said.

The driver lost control of the vehicle, with the weight of the truck and load shifting, and it turned over onto its side, police said.

Williams was not injured in the collision.

A co-driver who was in the sleeper cab, Robert Richard Smith Jr., 57, of Oklahoma City, Okla., suffered minor injuries and was taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown for treatment, police said.

Williams was charged with negligent driving, police said.

Vehicles were detoured onto Halfway Boulevard while the ramp was closed for the removal of the truck, police said. The ramp reopened at about 8:15 p.m., police said.

No other vehicles were involved.  

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