Name of woman who died following I-70 crash released

probe continues

August 10, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION |

A Maryland State Police team that specializes in commercial-vehicle accident investigations is continuing its probe into a crash of a tractor-trailer and a tow truck on Interstate 70 Monday afternoon that resulted in the death of a Dundalk, Md. woman, state police said Wednesday.

The victim was identified as Corethia Areia Cross, 56, who died after she was thrown into a guardrail while attempting to make a repair on the 2005 Volvo tractor-trailer she and another driver had pulled over to the shoulder on eastbound I-70 at South Mountain, a police news release said.

Cross, a co-driver, and the driver had stopped near the Frederick County line because the truck had overheated while heading up the mountain, police said.

Cross was near the front of the rig when it was struck from behind by a 2004 Ford F550 "rollback" type tow truck owned by South Berkeley Wrecker Service of Martinsburg, W.Va., police said.

The impact from the 2:30 p.m. crash caused the front part of the tractor-trailer to strike Cross, throwing her into the guardrail, police said.

 Police said previously it was unclear what caused the tow truck driver, identified as Lance W. McCloud, 44, of Kearneysville, W.Va., to veer off the interstate. Witnesses did not notice any motorists around the tow truck that could have forced him off the roadway, police said.

  State police Sgt. Stacey Cain said Wednesday that the Maryland State Police Crash Team is continuing to investigate and will likely consult with the Washington County State's Attorney's Office as part of the probe.

  "They're still gathering information," Cain said of the team, which specializes in crashes of commercial vehicles and those involving fatalities.

  McCloud was flown to Meritus Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, police said. He was not listed as a patient at the hospital Wednesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

  The other driver of the tractor-trailer, Melvin Harvey, 47, of Rocky Mount, N.C., was not hurt, state police said. The tractor-trailer was owned by Gunthers Enterprises LLC, of Hanover, Md., the release said.


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