Fatal I-70 Crash Leaves One Dead

- WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - Cars were stacked for miles on Interstate 70 east bound near mile marker 29 following a fatal single-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon.

"The driver who was subsequently identified as Robert Donald Sadler Jr. of Verona, Pa. was pronounced dead at the scene," said Trooper First Class William Talbert.

According to police, several witnesses observed the vehicle as it traveled west bound on to I-70. The vehicle then abruptly crossed into the center median and traveled into oncoming lanes and then eventually ended up on the right shoulder down the embankment.

"Its being investigated in relation to his death whether it was a medical condition," said Talbert.

Officials say Sadler had a history of medical issues that may have caused the accident, but it's too early to tell. Police also say that Sadler was in active cardiac arrest when fire personnel and EMS responded to the scene. They performed CPR, but it was unsuccessful. We're told his wife was also present in the vehicle during the accident.

"The wife was present in the vehicle when the vehicle left the roadway and eventually crashed down here in the right shoulder. She was taken to Meritus for precautionary reasons. She doesn't appear to have any injuries relating to the crash," said Talbert.

As the wreckage was moved and the lanes cleared up shortly after, for some, the aftermath of the fatal accident would last forever.

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