HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Maryland State Police spent the morning on Interstate-70 eastbound investigating a fatal tractor-trailer accident in Washington County.
Traffic was backed up for several hours after the accident. Police directed traffic while a tow truck worked to remove the tractor-trailer that went off the side of the road at Mile Marker 31, in which the tractor-trailer driver, Traimar Brown, of Baltimore died, on I-70 eastbound, right by Antietam Creek.
Officials said they received the call to the fatal accident around 5:30 a.m.
“For unknown reasons, the tractor-trailer swerved off the fast shoulder, impacted the guardrail, and then he slid all the way across the road, went through the guardrail, over the embankment and struck trees,” Lt. Joe George, Barrack Commander, Maryland State Police, said.
From State Highway Administration to the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Department, dozens responded to the accident, trying to bring back normalcy from a tragic situation.
“[Our goal was] making sure nothing gets into the Antietam Creek, so that’s part of why we're working so hard to get the recovery going and get the Hazmat people down there. And we are confident that nothing did get into the creek,” Lt. George said.
Officials said they are very fortunate. The left lane of the interstate remained open while officials worked.
“It’s an outstanding job on their part. It took a little more work for them to do it on that way, but we were able to keep the interstate open,” Lt. George said.
Officials want to make sure motorists pay extra attention while on the roads.
“You’ve got to give your attention to your driving. I don’t want to speculate and say that’s what happened, but people who are texting and doing things like that -- texting, talking on the phone [or] eating -- that are not paying attention to driving. This is frequently what we see. But that’s not to say that’s what happened here, because I don’t know,” Lt. George said.
Officials are investigating the cause of the accident.