2 Md. men killed in N.Y. truck crash

March 14, 2007

Harriman, N.Y. -- Two Maryland truck drivers working for the same company were killed early yesterday when one tractor-trailer collided with the back of another that was stopped on the side of the New York Thruway, state police said.

Gary Akehurst, 58, of Fallston had stopped his rig under an overpass on the northbound lanes of Interstate 87 when a rig driven by John Johnson III, 27, of Baltimore slammed into the back of his about 2:30 a.m. Johnson's rig burst into flames, police said.

The trucks were owned by New England Motor Freight.

The men were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, about 40 miles north of New York City. Investigators said they did not know why Akehurst had pulled his truck to the side of the highway or why Johnson's truck drifted onto the shoulder.

"Unfortunately, there's nobody around to tell us what happened here," said Investigator Ricky Peets of the state police. "There were no witnesses."

Associated Press

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