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18-wheeler flipped over at I-81 and I-70

Second collision near scene of first incident

June 13, 2011|By CALEB CALHOUN
  • Rescue personnel work to extricate the driver of tractor-trailer that overturned Monday on the I-70 off ramp at I-81.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com — One person was injured after he was driving an 18-wheeler that flipped on the ramp from I-70 eastbound to I-81 southbound. Lieutenant Woodward of the Maryland State Police reported that the vehicle flipped over after heavy rolls of paper in the back shifted, knocking it off balance.

The ramp from I-70 eastbound to I-81 southbound was closed for more than an hour but reopened at 1:20.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to Meritus Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries at 12:48, Sergeant James Ridgely of the Halfway Fire Company is reporting.

Ridgely says that the driver was trapped inside the vehicle with his legs stuck under the steering wheel when the fire fighters arrived. He added they had to extricate the driver by cutting the roof off the front of the truck. The driver was extricated at 12:32, and Ridgely says the process took 12 minutes.

Two fire engines from the Halfway Fire Company and the Williamsport Fire Company each were on the scene, in addition to an ambulance from Halfway and an ambulance from Williamsport. Ridgely says they arrived on scene around 12:05. The fire fighters cleared the scene at 1:08.

Trooper Ardinger of the Maryland State Police says that state police arrived around 12:10. A supervisor for Washington County Emergency Services says the Sheriff's Office was notified of the incident just before noon.

At 12:32, while working on this incident, a car collided with the back of another car on I-81 southbound. The collision happened in front of the other incident, and state police handled it.

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