As the trucking company employees were completing their repairs, a 2013 Chrysler 200 driven by Gammon also became disabled and stopped on the right shoulder behind the trucks, according to police.
Police said Gammon directed his 12-year-old daughter to get in the driver’s seat of the Chrysler and steer it while he and his 11-year-old son pushed the car forward. The girl was told to steer the car into the right lane of I-70 and around the two trucks so the vehicle could coast forward, according to police.
When the car entered the traffic lane, a 2012 Ford Taurus driven by Guruprasad P. Bandekar, 36, no address given, struck Gammon and the Chrysler at highway speed, according to police.
Police said both vehicles proceeded forward and struck the tractor-trailer driver, Gary B. Kauffman, 56, of Mapleville Road, Hagerstown and the other trucking company employee, Edward A. Sechrist, 60, of Warm Springs Road, Chambersburg, Pa., who were standing on the shoulder near the tractor-trailer.
Both children, as well as with Bandekar, Kauffman and Sechrist, were taken by ambulance to Meritus Medical Center.
The severity of their injuries was not known, a state police spokesman said Tuesday night.
The eastbound lanes of I-70 were shut down after the accident and they were reopened at 10:30 p.m.
The accident snarled traffic around the Hagerstown area.
Eastbound I-70 traffic was being diverted onto eastbound U.S. 40 at Dual Highway. U.S. 40 eastbound became clogged with traffic and eastbound I-70 traffic in the Hagerstown area was backed up as far as the eye could see from the Dual Highway interchange.
There was also congestion at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Md. 66 where authorities were directing traffic.
Troopers from the state police Hagerstown barrack, along with fire and EMS units from Washington and Frederick counties assisted at the scene. Crash reconstructionists from the MSP Crash Team also responded.
State Highway Administration personnel and volunteer fire police assisted with road closures and the detour.