Baltimore man, 41, killed in crash on Interstate 70

State police believe tire malfunction caused him to strike guardrail

March 16, 2011|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore man was killed Monday when his truck struck a guardrail and he was ejected on Interstate 70 in Frederick County, state police said.

Elmer Smith, 41, of the 4000 block of Walther Ave. was headed west on I-70, near Route 75 in New Market, about 11 a.m. when his Peterbilt truck struck the guardrail. Investigators believe his front, driver-side tire malfunctioned, causing him to lose control.

Police said he was not wearing a seat belt.

Smith was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The westbound lanes of I-70 were closed for several hours as police investigated the accident.

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