I-68 Shut Down for Seven Hours after Fatal Accident

By AMY HUDAK | ahudak@whag.com

Published 11/13 2013 07:38AM

Updated 11/13 2013 12:42PM

GARRETT COUNTY, Md. - Maryland State Police continue to investigate a fatal crash involving a pedestrian who was struck on I-68 by a trooper.

State Police reopened the roadway after being on the scene for nearly seven hours. 
The crash happened just before 11 p.m. Tuesday near exit 22, in Grantsville. 

The pedestrian has been identified as Lamont Scaife of Orlando, FL. The trooper was identified as Trooper First Class Scott Bell, assigned to the McHenry Barrack. 

A preliminary investigation reveals that Scaife, the driver of a disabled tractor trailer, was outside of his vehicle on I-68 eastbound, attempting to unhook the trailer. 

A passenger in the tractor trailer, who witnessed the crash, says Scaife chased a piece of paper into the highway that had blown out of his truck into the path of the cruiser. 

Scaife was taken to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. 

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