Maryland Tractor-trailer Truck Accident Causes Spin-out Crash; Injuries to Car’s Occupants

Two individuals were injured by a semi driver during a highway accident near Hagerstown, MD, along southbound Interstate 81. According to news reports, the passengers of a 1992 Dodge Dynasty were taken to Washington County Hospital on the afternoon of February 13 following a harrowing car-truck wreck in Washington County.

As a Baltimore trucking accident lawyer, I and my colleagues are quite familiar with the factors that lead to tractor-trailer accidents involving sedans, minivan and sport utility vehicles. These types of accidents can frequently result in severe injuries, such as head, neck and back trauma, and can occasionally be fatal. In this instance, the two-vehicle crash on the southbound lanes of I-81 sent two occupants of the smaller passenger car to a nearby hospital, according to Maryland State Police in Hagerstown.

Based on news reports, the crash occurred around 1:30pm on a Saturday afternoon. The driver and passenger in the Dodge were heading south along I-81, just north of Md. 68, when a 2009 Peterbilt tractor-trailer made an unsafe lane change, police reports show. The semi trailer hit the Dynasty’s driver’s side, which then caused the car to spin out of control, strike the median and overturn.

Police reported that the sedan’s occupants — 57-year-old Judith Ann Athey and 67-year-old Marshall Lee Athey — were taken to Washington County Hospital to be treated for their injuries. The truck driver, 51-year-old Donald Paul Shallcross, was not injured, according to Maryland troopers. There was no mention at the time of the news article what charges, if any, would be brought against the semi driver.

Two hurt in I-81 crash,, February 13, 2010

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