Truck driver dies in 3-vehicle crash on I-95 in Cecil

October 17, 2002|By Lane Harvey Brown | Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF

A truck driver was killed yesterday in a three-vehicle accident that shut down a seven-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in Cecil County for more than six hours, according to Maryland State Police.

The driver was not identified because relatives have not been notified, said Tfc. Christopher Conner of the John F. Kennedy Barracks of the Maryland State Police.

The accident happened in Northeast about 8:20 a.m. after a 2002 Ford Focus spun out of control on northbound I-95 near the Chesapeake House service area and struck the tractor-trailer, Conner said. The truck skidded onto the shoulder, struck the guardrail and lost its load of 40-foot-long steel I-beams; it flipped and landed in the woods, Conner said.

The driver, who did not appear to be wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the truck, Conner said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second tractor-trailer swerved to miss one of the I-beams and ended up in the median, Conner said.

The Ford Focus, driven by Christopher Hilton, 25, of Alexandria, Va., spun back across the roadway and stopped in the median, Conner said.

Hilton and a passenger in the Focus, Jeannie Petersen, 21, of Washington, as well as the second tractor-trailer driver, Marcelino Blanco, 42, of Silver Spring, were treated at the scene, Conner said. Hilton was charged with negligent driving and traveling at a speed greater than reasonable.

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