4 injured, one critically, in two wrecks involving dump trucks on interstates

December 03, 1997|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

Two accidents -- both involving dump trucks -- snarled traffic for hours yesterday on Interstates 95 and 695, and sent four people to area hospitals, including one man who remained in critical condition last night.

The collision of a dump truck and a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 about a mile north of Route 24 in Harford County caused a five-mile backup on the southbound lanes starting about 1: 10 p.m. and detoured traffic to local roads in Aberdeen and Bel Air.

State police said Irvin Eugene Kern, 62, of Street was driving a 1986 dump truck loaded with sand south when the truck swerved into the path of a tractor-trailer being driven by 39-year-old David William Huth of Pasadena.

"The dump truck suffered mechanical failure and a possible flat tire," said Sgt. Denard Allen of the Maryland State Police. "The dump truck then crossed the shoulder where it struck the guardrail and went into the embankment and overturned."

The tractor-trailer jackknifed, blocking the southbound lanes, Allen said. Kern was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in critical but stable condition, police said.

Officials said Huth was treated for minor injuries at the scene. Police are investigating the accident to determine if charges would be filed.

The second accident happened about 2 p.m., as a Jeep Wrangler driven by Carmella Lynn Stiebing, 22, of Columbia was traveling east on I-695 near the U.S. 1 interchange. Police said Stiebing, in the left lane, swerved to avoid a shovel in the road and lost control of her vehicle, sending it careening into traffic.

"There was a dump truck traveling in the lane next to the Jeep," said Tfc. David Johnson of the Maryland State Police. "The driver of the dump truck tried to avoid her by hitting his brakes and going into the third lane, but the Jeep spun and ended up facing the truck head-on."

Johnson said the dump truck, driven by Richard Stanley Malatt, 33, of Mount Airy smashed into the Jeep, pushing it across the road and into a guardrail. The truck, which was carrying dirt, overturned on the shoulder, Johnson said.

The crash closed the two right lanes and slowed traffic for about three hours, police said.

Officials said Malatt, Stiebing and her passenger Darren Weatherby, 24, of Glen Burnie were taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center with minor injuries and were treated and relesed. Stiebing has been charged with failure to stay in a single lane.

Pub Date: 12/03/97

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