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Two injured in crash on I-70 near Hancock

April 04, 2013

HANCOCK — A Waynesboro, Pa., woman was flown to a Baltimore hospital and a man was taken to Meritus Medical Center to be treated for injuries they suffered when their vehicle struck the rear of a tractor-trailer Thursday morning on Interstate 70 near Hancock, Maryland State Police said.

Nicole A. Ellington, 34, of Waynesboro, was flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries, according to a state police news release.

Michael Anthony Bevelacqua, 39, who was the front-seat passenger in the vehicle Ellington was driving, was taken by ambulance to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown. He also had non life-threatening injuries.

Troopers said the accident happened at about 5 a.m. Thursday in the eastbound lanes of I-70, east of U.S. 522.

Police said the 1992 Ford that Ellington was driving struck the rear of a tractor-trailer or box-truck type vehicle and veered across the median into the west bound lanes of the highway. The truck continued without stopping.

The Ford, which sustained damage to passenger-side front end, hood and windshield, came to rest on the right shoulder of westbound I-70, according to the release.

Troopers said the damages to the Ford were consistent with a vehicle striking the underside portion of a large truck.

Both eastbound and westbound I-70 were closed for about 30 minutes so a state police helicopter could land at the scene, police said.

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