A driver for a Postal Service mail-hauling contractor died last night after his truck crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer carrying tires on Interstate 70 near Ellicott City.
State Police at the Waterloo Barracks said the victim, Raymond Eugene Johnson, 38, of Greencastle, Pa., was driving a single-body truck loaded with mail when he apparently failed to see a tractor-trailer enter the interstate from eastbound U.S. 29 at 7:50 p.m.
Police said that after the tractor-trailer left the merge lane and entered the slow lane of I-70, it was struck in the rear by Johnson's truck.
Police said Johnson was trapped in the wreckage of his cab for several minutes before Howard County firefighters and a rescue team freed him.
Johnson was taken by ambulance to Howard County General Hospital, where his condition was stabilized before he was flown by a Med-Evac helicopter to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, where he died a short time later.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, James Kent Haga, 52, of Akron, Ohio, was slightly injured.
Police said driver error on the part of Johnson contributed to the crash.
State Police at Pikesville said the death brought to four the number of people killed on the state's roads so far this year, compared with nine at the same time last year.