Tractor-trailer driver critically injured in crash on I-68

September 25, 2012|By DAN DEARTH |
  • A tractor-trailer skidded down a steep embankment Monday near Interstate 68, west of Hancock, and came to rest at the bottom of a ravine.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HANCOCK — The driver of a tractor-trailer was critically injured Monday morning when his rig went down an embankment off Interstate 68 about five miles west of Hancock, Maryland State Police said.

Lt. Tom Woodward said 26-year-old Victor Doros, of Wheeling, Ill., was flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Medical Center in Baltimore.

Doros was listed in critical condition Tuesday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

“The driver had substantial injuries,” Hancock Fire Chief Danny Shirley said at the scene.

Shirley said rescue workers put the injured man in an ambulance and drove him to a landing zone west of the crash site, where a Maryland State Police helicopter was waiting.

He said the tractor-trailer was traveling east on I-68, went off the south shoulder of the road and rolled about 100 yards down an embankment, splintering a tree on its way down.

Onions that the truck was hauling were strewn from the top of the embankment to the bottom.

The trailer came to rest on the driver’s side. The rest of the vehicle wasn’t visible through the trees.

Shirley said firefighters had a difficult time getting to the truck because it came to rest in an area covered with heavy briars and fallen trees.

“It wasn’t easy,” he said.

The accident was reported about 10:30 a.m., and the driver was freed from the rig by 11:30 a.m.

Shirley said rescuers couldn’t use saws to free the driver because diesel fuel was spilled on the ground, and they didn’t want to cause a spark. Instead, he said, portable hydraulic devices were used to rescue the driver, who was partially pinned inside of the rig.

A Hazmat crew from Washington County Special Operations was on the scene to clean up the spilled antifreeze and diesel fuel from the truck.

Shirley said heavy-duty tow trucks would be used to salvage the vehicle. He anticipated the operation would take “at least several hours.”

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