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One person killed, another injured in accident on I-70

August 08, 2013|By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com
  • A Ford SUV rest on it's side after the driver lost control in the eastbound lane of Interstate 70 Thursday afternoon.
By Ric Dugan / Staff Photographer

A woman was killed and a man injured Thursday afternoon in a single-vehicle accident apparently caused by a tire blowout on Interstate 70 near St. Paul Road in Clear Spring, according to Maryland State Police.

Brenda Dailey Adams, 50, of Cumberland, Md., was ejected through the rear of the vehicle after it overturned, police said.

Adams, who was riding in the front seat, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. 

The victim did not appear to have been wearing a seatbelt, police said. 

Police Lt. Mike Fluharty said it initially appeared that the accident was caused by tire failure.

 The maroon 2001 Ford Explorer, which was operated by Raymond Butts, 39, was traveling partially on the left shoulder of I-70 eastbound, when one of the vehicle’s tires blew out, police said.

The blowout caused the vehicle to then cross the roadway, strike the right shoulder guardrail and overturn into the roadway, police said.

Butts, also of Cumberland, sustained unknown injuries and was transported by ambulance to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Fluharty said.

Butts, who appeared to have been wearing a seatbelt, was in stable condition at the time of transport, according to Fluharty.

The accident occurred at about 2:05 p.m., police said.

Both lanes of eastbound I-70 were shut down for about an hour, Fluharty said.

Workers from the Maryland State Highway Administration detoured traffic at Exit 18 during that time, police said.

One eastbound lane reopened at about 3 p.m., Fluharty said. Both westbound lanes were open in the area at that time.

The Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co., Clear Spring EMS, Washington County EMS and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were also on scene.

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