Pileup jams I-97

one person is injured

Pickup hits rig, splits in 2

back end goes into traffic

April 03, 2003|By A SUN STAFF WRITER

A pickup truck smashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer on the shoulder of Interstate 97 north of Annapolis yesterday morning, triggering a multivehicle pileup and a long traffic jam but causing only one minor injury.

About 10 a.m., the northbound pickup truck struck the parked tractor-trailer, breaking the pickup into two pieces. The rear section of the pickup bounded into the traffic.

Trying to avoid the accident, the driver of a flat-bed tow truck swerved to the left, sideswiping a second tractor-trailer.

Both vehicles crashed on the right side of the road, beyond the initial accident scene. The tow truck overturned, and the tractor-trailer flipped onto its right side.

Several ambulances rushed to the scene, but only the driver of the second tractor-trailer, Barry Keith Detwiler, 47, of Chambersburg, Pa., required medical treatment. He was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center with minor head injuries.

The driver of the parked tractor-trailer, David Dunavent, 34, of Kingsport, Tenn., was not injured. He told state police that he had pulled over to make a call on a cell phone.

Tow truck driver James T. Dillinger, 69, and his passenger, Janet Dillinger, 67, both of Millsburo, Del., both told police that they were not hurt.

Despite being in a vehicle that had been severed and crumpled beyond recognition, the pickup truck's driver, Scott Allan Shaffer, 28, of Arnold, also was uninjured. He was issued a citation for negligent driving.

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