State trooper, dump truck driver injured in Beltway roadside crash

November 04, 1998|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,SUN STAFF

A Maryland state trooper and a truck driver were injured yesterday afternoon when the trooper's stopped patrol car was hit from behind by a dump truck on Interstate 695 south of Liberty Road, shutting down a stretch of the Beltway.

Trooper Michael R. Tagliaferri, who is assigned to the Golden Ring barracks, received neck and back injuries and was treated at and released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The truck driver, identified by police as Nathen Michael Graybill, 35, of the 22200 block of Rock Forge Road in Hagerstown, also was taken to Shock Trauma and was treated and released. He was issued a traffic citation for failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision, which carries a maximum fine of $100.

State highway officials closed the outer loop of the Beltway for a time after the 1 p.m. accident.

A state police spokeswoman said the trooper, who has been with the agency less than a year, was sitting in his patrol car after a traffic stop when the dump truck, traveling south on the Beltway, drove off the road and struck the rear of the trooper's car. The truck, hauling gravel, flipped over and landed on top of the patrol vehicle.

State police were still investigating the accident, which they said took place after several vehicles, including the dump truck, tried to avoid hitting a dark-colored Jeep Cherokee that had slammed on its brakes.

In the last month, three people have been killed in roadside accidents.

On Sunday, a Baltimore County cab driver was killed on Interstate 95 near White Marsh when he stopped to help another driver and was hit from behind, causing the cab to explode with him inside.

Last month, two men were killed on I-95 near Havre de Grace when a mechanic stopped to fix a flat on a tractor-trailer and another tractor-trailer drove off the road, hitting and killing the men.

Pub Date: 11/04/98

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