Tractor Trailer Driver Killed In Multi-Vehicle Crash Thurs. Morning

It occurs on I-70 in Hagerstown.



Hagerstown, Md (KM) One person was killed Thursday morning in a multi-vehicle crash along Interstate 70 near Hagerstown.

State Police say a Freightliner  tractor trailer operated by Samuel Reese of New Galilee, Pennsylvania was traveling eastbound on I-70 near the overpass for the Dual Highway (US 40 at Exit 32) when he braked after encountering slow traffic up ahead. The truck crossed the acceleration lane at the bridge, and struck an abutment. That caused the cab to separate from the frame of the truck, which  then caught fire.

Troopers say Reese was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Honda Civic operated by Deborah Flores, and a Chevrolet S-10 operated by Dennie Stitely, were traveling directly behind the tractor trailer. While attempting to avoid the crash, both vehicles collided. Neither driver was hurt. Both are from Hagerstown, according to a Maryland State Police news release.

Troopers from the Hagerstown Barrack, the State Police CRASH team, the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division  and the State Highway Administration, responded to the scene. An investigation determined there was no damage to the Dual Highway overpass, and drugs and alcohol were not factors in this crash.

The investigation into this collision continues, and anyone who was a witness to the crash is asked to contact the State Police Barrack in Hagerstown at 301-766-3800.


By Kevin McManus