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Pa. man killed when van overturns on I-70 near Myersville

August 02, 2011|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • The driver of this van was killed Tuesday morning when the vehicle struck an embankment and overturned on eastbound Interstate 70 near Myersville, Md., according to Maryland State Police.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

MYERSVILLE, Md. — A single-vehicle rollover accident Tuesday morning on eastbound Interstate 70 near Myersville left a Pennsylvania man dead and backed up traffic for hours, according to Maryland State Police.

State police responded to the accident at 9:39 a.m., according to Trooper J. Pare, the lead investigator at the scene.

A white van traveling eastbound on I-70 just west of the Md. 17 exit swerved onto the left shoulder of the road for unknown reasons, according to Pare.

The driver tried to steer to the right, but overcorrected, and the van struck an embankment off the right side of the highway and rolled over, Pare said.

The driver, later identified as Jae Young Lee of Allison Park, Pa., was trapped under the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, police said.

Shortly after the accident, eastbound I-70 was closed at Md. 66, and traffic was rerouted onto U.S. 40 and Md. 17 around the crash site.

At about 10:40 a.m., the highway was closed at exit 32 (U.S. 40) just east ofHagerstown, about 10 miles from the crash site.

By 12:30 p.m., eastbound traffic on I-70 was backed up to the Md. 632 (Downsville Pike) exit, another four miles to the west.

Traffic that had been backed up in the vicinity of the crash was turned around and rerouted west down I-70 to Md. 66.

In addition to state police, officials from the Maryland State Highway Administration, firefighters from Myersville and Middletown, Md., and emergency personnel from Myersville assisted at the scene.

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