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Man flown to shock trauma after car collides with Mack Truck on I-81

Ronald Plotnick was in serious condition at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore

July 18, 2013

WILLIAMSPORT — A 63-year-old Fortuna, Calif., man was flown to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore Wednesday afternoon after his car collided with a Mack truck on southbound Interstate 81 near Williamsport, according to Maryland State Police.

The 3:25 p.m. crash tied up traffic in the area for hours during rush hour for the helicopter to land and to allow police to investigate the accident.

For unknown reasons, Ronald Plotnick lost control of his 2013 Hyundai and struck a guardrail in the median, police said in a news release.

After striking the guardrail, Plotnick’s vehicle traveled across both southbound lanes and was struck by the Mack truck being driven by Mark Dunham, 37, of Martinsburg, W.Va., the release said.

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The truck and the Hyundai then went off the roadway, the release said.

Plotnick was in serious condition Thursday morning, according to a spokeswoman for the shock trauma center.

Dunham and a passenger in the truck, Brice Sparkman, 43, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., were taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown for nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

Southbound I-81 traffic was temporarily shut down so a helicopter could land at the scene to transport Plotnick, police said.

One lane was also closed for approximately two hours to allow authorities to investigate the scene, police said.

The wreck also caused traffic backups in the Williamsport area, delaying some firefighters responding to a house fire on North Artizan Street, authorities said.

— Dave McMillion

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