Accident blocks traffic temporarily on I-70

November 11, 2012

BOONSBORO — Westbound Interstate 70 was closed for a little more than an hour Sunday morning east of the exit for Md. 66, or Mapleville Road, after a pickup truck pulling a trailer jackknifed across the westbound lanes, Maryland State Police said.

Both westbound lanes and the shoulder of the road were closed until about 9:15 a.m. following the accident that was reported at 8:06 a.m., according to Senior Trooper Andre Butler and a news release from state police.

The passenger of the pickup truck, Laurie Leggio, 54, was taken to Meritus Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said. Her condition could not be confirmed because Meritus does not provide information about patients’ conditions.

The accident occurred about 1 1/2 miles east of the exit for Md. 66, at the bottom of South Mountain, Butler said.

A pickup truck pulling an empty trailer, an enclosed trailer large enough to carry a vehicle, began fishtailing, Butler said.

The driver moved from the fast lane to the slow lane and the trailer continued to fishtail, Butler said. The driver allegedly lost control of the vehicles and hit the right guardrail twice before the vehicles spun out and the pickup and trailer jackknifed across the westbound lanes, according to Butler and the news release.

The driver of the F-350 pickup, Michael Leggio, 52, of Temperance, Mich., was cited with failure to obey designated lane direction, state police said.

Butler said three sections of guardrail were crushed.

— Julie E. Greene

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