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Mother and daughter taken to hospital after accident on I-68

June 14, 2013

HANCOCK, Md. — A mother and her infant daughter were taken to the hospital Friday morning following a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 68, just east of the Washington-Allegany County line.

Police said Michele Haslacker, 22, of Great Cacapon, W.Va., was driving west on I-68, when the vehicle may have experienced a problem with the right rear tire, causing Haslacker to lose control, according to a news release from Maryland State Police.

The vehicle, a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier, traveled to the left and struck a guardrail along the edge of the center median then continued back into the roadway, where it came to a rest in the right lane and was struck in the rear by a pickup truck, the release said.

The driver of the pickup was unable to avoid the Cavalier, and the impact caused the Cavalier to strike a guardrail, police said.

Haslacker and her infant daughter, Araina Haslacker, were transported to Meritus Medical Center Emergency Department near Hagerstown.

Araina Haslacker’s injuries were minimized because she was properly secured in a child-safety seat in the back seat of the Cavalier, police said.

The driver of the 1987 Ford F150 pickup truck, John McKenzie, 72, of Laurel, Md., was not injured, police said.

A state police medevac helicopter was initially summoned to the crash, which occurred at about 8:52 a.m., but was later canceled by a physician on the scene prior to its arrival, the release said.

The highway was reopened by about 10:30 a.m., according to a Washington County Emergency Services supervisor.

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