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Tractor-trailer crash snarls westbound I-68 near Sideling Hill

October 13, 2011

HANCOCK — A tractor-trailer carrying livestock overturned Thursday afternoon on Interstate 68 near Sidling Hill, closing lanes and slowing traffic for nearly five hours, authorities said.

The accident occurred just west of Sidling Hill in western Washington County at about 4 p.m., according to a Washington County 911 dispatcher.

Initially, at least one lane of westbound I-68, starting at the 72-mile marker, was closed as crews worked to clear the crash scene. Some of the cattle from the overturned tractor-trailer reportedly were in the road, dispatchers said.

Eventually, both westbound lanes were closed, a dispatcher said.

A second tractor-trailer was also being brought in to transport the livestock from the scene, a dispatcher said.

As of 9:20 p.m., both westbound lanes had been reopened, according to Maryland State Police.

No further information about the cause of the crash or whether there were any injuries was available at press time.

— Kate S. Alexander

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