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Three accidents snarl rush hour traffic eastbound I-70 east of Hagerstown

June 07, 2013|By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@hearld-mail.com
  • A man climbs up to enter the cab of an over-turned tank truck near the Route 40 exit on Interstate 70.
By Kevin G. Gilbert / Staff Photographer

A chain-reaction accident involving four vehicles shut down Interstate-70 for about three hours Friday afternoon, snarling traffic well into a wet evening rush hour, Maryland State Police said.

The eastbound lanes of I-70 near the Md. 66/Mapleville Road interchange were shut down at about 1:44 p.m. after a car rolled over, slowing traffic and causing a tanker truck to also roll over after running into the rear of a tractor-trailer, police said.

The 2011 Volvo tractor trailer was driven by Frederick White, of Parkville, Md., while the 2000 Mack tanker truck, which was an empty bulk trailer, was driven by John Serio, of Westminster, Md., according to a state police news release.

About the same time, a third accident closed eastbound I-70 about three miles to the west, police said.

A tractor-trailer carrying dog food rolled over after being unable to stop for the standstill traffic, police said. The driver was taken to the hospital and later released,  police said.

In the other truck crash, neither Serio nor White were injured and both refused medical treatment at the scene, police said.

Further details of that accident were not yet available Friday evening.

Serio was charged in the accident involving the two trucks, the release said, but the specific counts were unavailable at press time.

The cause of the car rollover, which occurred east of Md. 66, was unknown Friday evening, and further information was not yet available, police said.

The westbound lanes of I-70 in that area also were slow moving at the time, a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said.

Motorists were advised to take U.S. 40 to avoid the traffic, according to the dispatcher.

Eastbound lanes reopened at approximately 4:15 p.m., a dispatcher said.

By 6:30 p.m., state police said traffic congestion had cleared.

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