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Pa. man dies in fiery crash on westbound I-70

February 19, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • The driver of this 1997 Audi sedan died Tuesday morning after the vehicle went off westbound Interstate 70, skidded across the grassy median and struck a tree, Maryland State Police said.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

BIG POOL — A Pennsylvania man died in a fiery one-car crash Tuesday morning on Interstate 70 three miles west of the Big Pool exit, according to a Maryland State Police.

Dallas Lee Miller, 22, of New Holland, Pa., was driving westbound on I-70 when he lost control of the 1997 Audi he was driving and it ran off the road, skidded across the grassy median and struck a tree before erupting in flames, according to a news release from state police.

“After striking the tree, the vehicle became engulfed in fire,” said state police Trooper Andre Butler of the Maryland State Police at the scene.

Miller, who suffered severe injuries in the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel, police said.

Miller’s car had just passed two other vehicles, according to the release.

Part of the driver’s side of the car was torn away by the impact and Miller, the car’s only occupant, was partially ejected, Butler said.

An off-duty state police flight paramedic was on the scene within minutes, and with the help of two other motorists, pulled the driver from the Audi, police said.

One of the motorists who helped pull the driver a safe distance away from the car was stunned by what he saw.

“I’ve never come across anything like that in my life. I hope I never do again,” said Steve Wilson of Ridgeley, W.Va.

Wilson said he was heading west on I-70 when the Audi went past him “pretty fast.” Wilson said the car disappeared from his sight, then he came upon it and saw it burning in the median.

Road conditions and speed contributed to the accident, police said. At the time of the accident, precipitation was falling in the area.

Both westbound lanes were closed until about 11:30 a.m. following the crash, which occurred shortly before 9 a.m. Police let traffic pass on a shoulder lane until the lanes reopened.

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— Staff writer Dave McMillion contributed to this story.

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