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Va. woman critically injured when car, tractor-trailer collide

crash closes U.S. 40 for 5 1/2 hours

July 23, 2013
  • Emergency responders were at the scene of an accident involving a car and a tractor-trailer Monday afternoon at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Md. 144 west of Hagerstown.
By C.J. Lovelace/Reporter

The driver of a passenger car was flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after a collision Monday afternoon with a tractor-trailer west of Hagerstown that closed U.S. 40 for 5 1/2 hours, according to Maryland State Police.

State police identified the driver as Kristin Russo, 28, of Annandale, Va. She was listed in critical condition Tuesday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Nathan James, 63, of Union, N.J., was uninjured, police said.

The accident, reported about 1:50 p.m. Monday, happened at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Md. 144, which is also known as West Washington Street. That area is about a mile west of the shopping center on Garland Groh Boulevard that includes Walmart.

U.S. 40 was closed in that area until about 7:20 p.m., according to Washington County Emergency Services.

Police determined the truck was traveling west on U.S. 40 and attempted to make a left turn on Md. 144 into the path of the car traveling east, according to a preliminary investigation.

The collision sheared off the front end of the passenger car, which came to rest at the right-front of the tractor-trailer.

The state police helicopter landed on U.S. 40 about 2:30 p.m., taking off about 15 minutes later.

Shortly after 2 p.m., responding emergency crews worked to clean up a large amount of liquid spilled on the pavement, while fire police diverted eastbound U.S. 40 traffic onto Md. 144 toward Hagerstown.

Many westbound vehicles on Md. 144 had to turn around and find an alternate route around the accident, causing some traffic backups.

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